Sunday, April 24, 2011

He is Risen!

When I was in Israel several years ago, we visited the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, on the site where it is suggested Jesus was buried. But we also visited the Garden Tomb, another possible site of His burial. What I loved so much about the Garden Tomb was not just its beautiful simplicity, with the flowers and the tomb with the stone rolled to the side of it, but the door they added to it. Why is that? Because on the door was a sign with the words, "He is risen."

The person who was guiding our group around this site noted that the sign reminds us of a very important truth. It doesn't matter if Jesus was buried at the site of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre or the site of the Garden Tomb--because He is no longer buried! He is risen!

Matthew 28:6 says:

"He is not here: for he is risen, as he said..."

Jesus died and took our sins upon Himself, and the veil was torn. Through God's grace and the faith He gives us, we can be close to God and go home to spend eternity with Him--because He is risen!

May your Easter Sunday be filled with the hope of the victory the Lord has over sin and death!

(The picture is from my time in Israel--not at the Garden Tomb, but still in the same country!)


Joy Tamsin David said...

I would love to go to Isreal one day! Happy Easter Amber!

Renee (SteelerGirl83) said...

Happy Easter! I'm with Joy, it would be awesome to go to Israel someday!

XOXO~ Renee

Amber S. said...


Visiting Israel was an AMAZING experience, and I highly recommend it if you ever get the chance! Happy Easter to you, as well!


Amber S. said...


Happy Easter to you, too! Going to Israel is definitely awesome!! :D