The Tomb Is Empty, Or Is It?

Jesus Tomb

The Cross

The title may sound controversial but the content will not be or at least shouldn’t be. It is a Biblical truth that Jesus Christ died and rose again on the third day. However, did you ever research and really read many of the descriptive scripture versus about the crucifixion found throughout the New Testament? We are going to explore the crucifixion and the meaning behind it from some of the verses found in the New Testament.

For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh:

Romans 8:3

God sent his own son Jesus Christ in a fleshly body just like ours. His body had all of the carnal desires ours has yet Jesus never gave into his flesh to sin. Jesus was and is a sinless being. Notice the last part of this verse, “condemned sin in the flesh”. While Christ was here on this earth he had to crucify his flesh and over come it. How can he condemn sin in the flesh which desires to sin itself? He was able to do this through the cross. Jesus condemned sin via the cross. Condemned is the verse is the Greek word, “κατακρίνω”. It means to give judgment against.

that the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. 

Romans 8:4

The very next scripture verse tells us that if we walk in the Spirit we can fulfill the righteousness of the law. How can we walk in the spirit though? What must we do? We cannot simply walk in the spirit. Jesus had to be crucified. When the Bible tells us to walk in the spirit it also tells us that we must crucify the flesh. The word crucify refers to the cross. This is how he was able to condemn the flesh. It is also how we can.

Destroying Enmity

15 having abolished in his flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances; for to make in himself of twain one new man, so making peace; 

16 and that he might reconcile both unto God in one body by the cross, having slain the enmity thereby:

Ephesians 2:15-16

15 by destroying in his own body the enmity occasioned by the Torah, with its commands set forth in the form of ordinances. He did this in order to create in union with himself from the two groups a single new humanity and thus make shalom

16 and in order to reconcile to God both in a single body by being executed on a stake as a criminal and thus in himself killing that enmity.

Ephesians 2:15-16 CJB

We see through these scriptures that not only was our sins upon him but they were in his flesh. He voluntarily took our sins upon him and in his flesh and killed them on the cross. The word enmity is the Greek word ἔχθρα (2189). It means hostility, hatred, alienation and opposition. This is a direct result of sin. Sin separates us from God. Sin is the result of this enmity. By destroying the sin Jesus had destroyed the enmity. That division that separated God from man was killed through Jesus Christ and what he did on the cross.

He became our sin in the flesh

20 Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ’s stead, be ye reconciled to God.

21 For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.

2 Corinthians 5:20-21

When Jesus was carrying the cross up the hill to Golgotha. He had become our perfect and ultimate sacrifice. He was manifested or revealed unto us for this purpose. Even prior to this moment we know from the book of Isaiah that he had stepped into the role as our sacrifice because while he was being whipped that benefited us. If he had not been our sacrifice that would not have done anything for us.

He bore our sins in his own body

21 For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps: 

22 who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth: 

23 who, when he was reviled, reviled not again; when he suffered, he threatened not; but committed himself to him that judgeth righteously: 

24 who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed.

1 Peter 2:21-24

Jesus bore our sins in his own body. Jesus became sin for us. While they were hitting the nails and driving them into his hands and feet, they were also driving the nails into our sin. It was our sin that was nailed to the cross. It was our sin that suffered and died. Jesus took the sins of the world upon himself and as the Bible states killed it in his own flesh. When Jesus said, “It is finished”, he gave up the ghost but in doing so our own sin and the sin of the world died. Our sin was nailed to the cross and and died.

God is Agape

This is a testament of God’s love for mankind. We can easily see through the cross how Christ hates sin. He wanted to utterly destroy and kill sin. If that is all there was to God or if his hatred for sin was the dominant emotion he had, he could have easily destroyed the planet. Sin would be gone. God’s love however was stronger and more dominant. His love for us was greater than his hatred toward sin.

Even in Noah’s, God did not allow all of mankind to perish forever. Prior to Jesus death and resurrection God’s love for us was stronger than his hatred towards sin. There is no scripture verse that says, “God so hated sin that he destroyed the planet and forsook the idea of man.” Rather we have this beautiful verse in God’s word.

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

John 3:16

Our sins died in Christs body upon the cross. The Bible tells us that he bore our sins in his own body. It also tells us that he became sin for us. When he died on the cross our sin died with him. When they took his body off of the cross they laid him in a tomb. His body was there for three days. Jesus rose from the dead and came out of the tomb. What about our sin though? Our sin was in his body and in his flesh. Our sin is dead, it did not resurrect with him. Is it possible however that the tomb is the final resting spot for our sin? Since our sin was in his flesh and his body was laid in the tomb our sin would have remained in his body dead with his body. Could the tomb be the burial spot for the worlds sins?

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