Moving Beyond Stones & Doors: The Jesus Who Exits Tombs & Enters Rooms

Today’s selected reading continues in the New Testament gospel account of the life and ministry of Jesus the Christ as written and recorded by the apostle John. More specifically, today’s passage is found in verses eleven through twenty-three of the twentieth chapter. THE JESUS WHO EXITS TOMBS AND ENTERS ROOMS! THE JESUS WHO EMERGES FROM TOMBS AND APPEARS BEHIND CLOSED DOORS! THE STONE WAS ROLLED AWAY FOR JESUS TO EMERGE FROM THE TOMB! THE DOORS WERE SHUT AND YET JESUS ENTERED IN AND APPEARED! AN TOMB VOID OF JESUS AND A ROOM FILLED WITH THE PRESENCE OF JESUS! WHEN JESUS EXITS THE TOMB SO HE CAN ENTER INTO THE ROOMS OF OUR LIVES! THE TOMB NEEDS TO BE EMPTY SO THE ROOM CAN BE FULL! A GRAVE EMPTY! A STONE ROLLED AWAY! GRAVE CLOTHES LEFT BEHIND! A ROOM ENTERED! When you come to this particular portion of scripture you will find the torture, the suffering and crucifixion of Jesus being completed. As you draw near and approach the twentieth chapter of the New Testament gospel of John you will find the work which Jesus needed to do upon the cross having come to an end and having been throughly completed. If you read and study the four gospel accounts of the life and ministry of Jesus the Christ you will quickly come face to face with the incredible and tremendous reality that Jesus was nailed to and raised upon the cross at the third hour. Upon carefully continuing to read the words which are found within the gospels you will quickly discover that while it is true that Jesus was nailed to the cross and raised up upon Calvary, He hung there upon the cross for six hours. Each of the four gospel accounts of the life and ministry of Jesus the Christ brings us face to face with the incredible truth that it was at the third hour of the day when Jesus was nailed to the cross, and He hung there suspended between earth and sky for six hours before finally yielding up the ghost and commending His spirit into the hands of the Father. What’s mire, is that for three of those hours—from the sixth hour unto the ninth hour—there was a darkness which co eyes the whole land. I continue to believe that the darkness which covered the land during those three hours was more than just a natural darkness which could be seen to the human eye and observed by the human senses. I firmly believe that the darkness which covered the land during these three hours was a spiritual darkness that could be mite than just seen, but could actually be felt. What’s more, is that I believe the darkness which covered the face of the land was a darkness that was created by the convergence of every principality, every spiritual wickedness, every unclean spirit, and ever power of darkness as they surrounded Jesus the Christ as He hung there upon the cross. There is not a doubt in my mind that when Jesus hung there suspended between earth and sky there was a period of time when He perhaps felt completely and utterly alone—and not only alone, but also completely and utterly surrounded by enemies and adversaries on all sides. I firmly believe that during those three hours Jesus was not only surrounded by the chief priests, the scribes and elders, and not only was He surrounded by the Roman soldiers, but He was also surrounded by the very forces of hell and powers of darkness.

As I stand here this morning I can’t help but be directly confronted with the fact that while hanging there upon the cross suspended between earth and sky Jesus found Himself completely and utterly surrounded by each and every force of hell, as well as each and every power of darkness. There is not a doubt in my mind that during those three hours when darkness covered the face of the land Jesus found Himself feeling completely and utterly alone, and perhaps even abandoned and forsaken by the Father. I do believe that His cry from the cross when He cried out with a loud voice, saying, “My God, My God, why hast thou forsaken me” was more than just a fulfillment of scripture and words which were spoken concerning Him. I am firmly convinced that the words we read while Jesus hung there upon the cross suspended between earth and sky were words of tremendous sorrow, anguish and agony as Jesus the Christ might very well have found Himself feeling abandoned and forsaken by His Father. I believe that during those three hours when darkness covered the whole face of the land Jesus was completely and utterly surrounded by enemies and adversaries—though not enemies and adversaries in the natural realm. There is not a doubt in my mind that when we read of the darkness that covered the face of the whole land it was a spiritual darkness which was the direct result of the powers of darkness and spiritual wickedness converging in one single place at one single time. I believe that during those three hours the very powers of hell itself, and every demon and unclean spirit all gathered themselves together before Jesus the Christ as He hung there upon the cross suspended between earth and sky. If you read the words which are written and recorded concerning the three hours of darkness which covered the face of the whole land you will undoubtedly encounter the tremendous reality that this darkness was more than just a physical darkness, for immediately after these three hours had been completed we find Jesus crying out to the Father asking why He had forsaken and abandoned Him. In that moment—is it possible that Jesus felt forsaken by the Father and surrounded by His enemies and adversaries? Is it possible that In that moment Jesus felt forsaken and abandoned by the Father and felt completely at the mercy of the forces of darkness? If it is true that the Father made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, then is it possible that the forces of darkness viewed and looked upon the Son of God as a trophy of sorts they could victoriously exercise authority over? Is it possible that the forces of darkness looked upon Christ during those three hours when not only did all the powers of hell converge upon Calvary, but also the sin of humanity was placed upon the shoulders and person of Jesus the Christ? Is it possible that during those three hours darkness covered the face of the whole land because of the principalities and powers of hell converging upon Calvary, but also because of the sin of humanity being placed upon Jesus the Christ as He became sin for us?

I sit here this morning and can’t help but come face to face with the awesome and incredible reality that when we look at the six hours Jesus spent hanging upon the cross, three of those hours were spent feeling completely alone, as He felt abandoned and forsaken by the living God and Father. There is not a doubt in my mind that during those three hours when darkness covered the face of the whole land, this darkness was more just a physical darkness, but was in fact a spiritual darkness which was the direct result of Jesus becoming sin for us, as the full weight of sin was placed upon His shoulders and being. What’s more, is that during those three hours when darkness covered the face of the land, there was a strong presence and reality of each and every force of darkness and power of hell that converged upon Jesus the Christ as He hung there upon Calvary. We dare not and must not forget this incredibly important reality, for it had the power to dramatically alter and change how we view the cross. What’s more, is that I am convinced that if we are going to truly understand the resurrection and the tremendous power of the resurrection of Jesus the Christ from the grave, we need to truly understand the nature of and the events surrounding the death and crucifixion upon the cross. I am firmly convinced that the resurrection of Jesus the Christ from the dead carries more weight than simply His being raised from death to life, but His emerging triumphantly and victoriously over death, hell and the grave. As if it weren’t enough for Jesus to be surrounded by the forces of darkness and powers of hell during those three hours, I firmly believe that after He had yielded up the ghost and commended His spirit in to the hands of the Father, He found Himself in the very depths of hell itself. If you think about the words which Jesus spoke while hanging there upon the cross you have to think very carefully about the words which He spoke unto the Father concerning His spirit and commending His spirit unto His hands. Why before she died would Jesus declare unto the Father that He commended His spirit unto His hands? Why before He yielded up the ghost would Jesus declare unto the Father that He commenced His spirit unto His hands? There had to be come significance behind why Jesus would make such a declaration unto the Father—not only in the face and presence of the darkness that covered the land, but also in the knowledge that the powers of darkness and forces of darkness were arrogant gloating over Him as they viewed and perceived Him to be a trophy they could victoriously drag to hell. I believe that when Jesus declared unto the Father that He commended His spirit unto His hands, and when Jesus declared unto the Father that it was finished, He was preparing Himself for a descent into the very depths and vowels of hell itself. I believe with everything that is in me that when Jesus declared unto the Father that He commended His spirit into His hands, He was fully and completely trusting in the Father and His God knowing full well that He would descend into the very depths of hell itself. Oh that we would truly recognize and come face to face with this reality, for it adds even more eight and significance to the resurrection of Jesus the Christ on the third day as He emerged victorious and triumphant over sin, death, hell and the grave.

I am wonderfully and powerfully convinced that if we are going to have a discussion about the resurrection of Jesus the Christ from the grave, and if we are going to truly talk about His being raised from death to life, we must truly understand the events which took place as He hung there upon the cross. What’s more, is that we must also understand that which took place as Jesus commended His spirit into the hands of the Father, and after it had been finished yielded up the ghost. It’s actually quite unique and astonishing when you think about and consider the fact that Jesus not only commended His hands into the hands of the Father, but when He knew that the work was finished upon the cross, He yielded up the ghost. How absolutely wonderful and remarkable it is to think about and consider the fact that not only did Jesus commend His spirit into the hands of the Father, but also—after knowing that the work had been finished and completed upon the cross of Calvary—He yielded up the ghost. I am firmly convinced that the underlying reason why Jesus commended His spirit into the hands of the Father was because He knew that when He yielded up the ghost the powers of darkness and the forces of hell which had surrounded Him upon the cross of Calvary would descend upon Him as a trophy of some sorts. If you turn and direct your attention to the words which are found and written within the New Testament epistle which the apostle Paul wrote unto the Ephesians you will find the apostle writing concerning Jesus ascending into the heavens, but before and prior to His ascending into the heavens, He first descended into the depths of the earth and into the very bowels of hell itself. I am firmly convinced that when we think about the reality of Jesus the Christ upon the cross of Calvary two thousand years ago we must carefully consider the awesome and incredible reality that Jesus not only felt completely abandoned and forsaken by the Father, but He also felt completely and utterly surrounded by His enemies and adversaries on all sides. Please note that when I speak of His feeling surrounded by His enemies and adversaries on all sides, I am not speaking merely of the chief priests, the scribes and the elders of Israel surrounding Him at the foot of the cross, nor even the Roman soldiers and guards which also surrounded Him as He hung there upon the cross. When I write and when I speak of Jesus the Christ as being surrounded by His enemies and adversaries, that which I am speaking of is His being surrounded by each and every power of darkness, and each and every force of hell as they taunted, gloated, mocked, ridiculed and jeered over Him as He hung there upon the cross. If there is one thing the four gospels reveal about the unclean spirits of demons which Jesus encountered during and throughout His ministry, it’s that the unclean spirits of demons knew that He was indeed the Son of God, and knew that He was the Messiah and the Christ of Israel which was to come. There are countless examples found within the four gospels which bring us face to face with the awesome and incredible reality that the unclean spirits of demons knew and understood that this Jesus of Nazareth was indeed and was in fact the Son of God, and there were even specific times when they spoke to Him as such during His three and a half years of ministry here upon the earth.

It is quite remarkable and astounding to think about and consider the fact that when the gospel authors write and speak of darkness covering the face of the land, this darkness was more than just a physical and natural darkness which could be seen with the natural eyes and observed with the senses, but it was a spiritual and supernatural darkness that descended upon the cross of Calvary as not only was Jesus made to be sin—and not simply sin, but had the sin of the world placed upon His shoulders—but also because the very forces of hell and powers of darkness had descended upon the cross of Calvary in order to gloat and jeer over the Son of God who hung there naked, bleeding, bruised, and broken upon the cruel Roman tree of the cross. The darkness which we read about in the four gospels was a darkness that was directly linked and directly connected to Jesus finding Himself being surrounded by enemies and adversaries on all sides—and not just physical enemies which were manifested in the natural and physical realm, but spiritual and supernatural enemies of hell itself. It would be very easy to simply read of darkness covering the face of the whole land and simply interpret that as a physical and natural darkness, and yet I believe within the very depths of my heart that the words which we find and the words which we read here concerning the darkness which covered the face of the whole land was a darkness that was a mixture and combination of sin and the powers of darkness which had converged before, around and upon Jesus the Christ there upon the cross. Imagine for a moment that as Jesus hung there suspended between earth and sky upon the cross He was made sin—and not only was He made sin, but He was made sin before and in the presence of the powers of darkness, the forces of darkness, and every spiritual wickedness that was and still is present in the world today. I would dare state and suggest that when Jesus was made to be sin by the Father, He was made to be sin in the company and presence of the powers o darkness and the forces of hell, and in that moment their triumph and cheering became and grew even greater as not only would the Son of God die, but He had also become sin. There is not a doubt in my mind that when Jesus found Himself surrounded by the powers of darkness, and when Jesus found Himself surrounded by the spiritual wickedness in high places as they descended upon and converged at the cross, He had become and had been made to be sin, as He had the full weight of the sin of the world placed upon His person and being. In that moment and during those three hours—not only did darkness cover the face of the land because of the full weight of sin which was placed upon Jesus the Christ, but also because the very forces of darkness and powers of hell itself surrounded Jesus and converged upon Him as He hung there upon the cross. How absolutely intriguing it is to think about and consider the fact that as Jesus hung there suspended between earth and sky on the cross of Calvary, He was made to be sin as the full weight of the sin of the world was placed upon His person and being, and was done so in the presence of His enemies and adversaries which had converged upon Him to taunt, to gloat, to ridicule and to mock Him as He hung there upon the cross.

The more I think about and the more I consider the time Jesus spent hanging upon the cross suspended between earth and sky, the more I can’t help but be gripped with and by the fact that when Jesus commended His spirit into the hands of the Father, He knew full well that when He yielded up the ghost, He would descend into the very depths of hell itself. We read of Jesus commending His spirit into the hands of the Father, and we read of Jesus yielding up the ghost and dying, and there is not a doubt in my mind that when Jesus commended His hands into the hands of the Father, and when Jesus yielded up the ghost, He had fully resolved to trust completely and utterly in the Father. In that moment when Jesus commended His spirit into the hands of the Father, He undoubtedly knew the words which had been spoken by the Hebrew prophet Isaiah concerning the living God not allowing His soul to remain in hell, nor His body to suffer and experience decay. When Jesus commended His spirit into the hands of the Father, He did so knowing full well that He needed to trust fully and completely in the living God whose will He had come to the earth to fulfill and to manifest in the company and presence of men. When Jesus commended His spirit into the hands of the Father He resolved in and at that moment to truly completely and totally in the living God and Father to watch over Him, and to look after His spirit. I believe with all my heart that Jesus knew and understood that He would descend into the very depths of hell, and that the very forces of darkness and powers of hell themselves would gloat and triumph over Him, as they undoubtedly took great pleasure with Jesus descending into hell itself. Jesus commended His spirit into the hands of the Father for He knew that when the work upon the cross was finished, He would yield and give up the ghost, would die, and His spirit would descend into the very depths and bowels of hell itself. There is this growing thought within my mind and my spirit that when Jesus commended His spirit into the hands of the Father, He knew full well that the Scripture must be fulfilled, and that He must needs descend into the very depths of hell itself. If we believe that He who knew no sin was made to be sin for us, then we must believe that when Jesus died upon the cross, and when He yielded up the ghost, He literally and actually became sin. The Bible doesn’t hold any punches, and the Bible doesn’t exaggerate when it speaks and declares anything, so when the Scripture declares that Jesus who knew no sin became sin for us, it literally means that Jesus was made to be sin for us. With that being said, I am convinced that when Jesus yielded up the ghost and when He descended into the very depths of hell, He descended carrying the full weight of sin upon His person and being. Pause for a moment and consider the tremendous reality of Jesus carrying the full weight and burden of sin from the cross of Calvary into the very depths of hell itself, and in that very place would He not only triumph over sin, but He would also triumph over death and hell themselves.

When I think about Jesus commending His spirit into the hands of the Father, and when I think about Jesus descending into the very depths and bowels of hell itself, I can’t help but get the strong sense that Jesus carried the full weight and the full burden of hell into hell itself—hell which would be the very place where sin would ultimately bring men and women who devoted their lives to living in sin, in immorality, in iniquity and transgression. The apostle Paul wrote and declared that the wages of sin is death, and when Jesus was made to be sin having not sinned Himself, and knowing not sin, He not only suffered the penalty of sin which was death, but He also suffered the condemnation of sin which was hell itself. I fully recognize and realize that this might seem incredibly challenging, and perhaps even difficult to bear and to think about, however, the truth of the matter is that when Jesus commanded His spirit into the hands of the Father just before yielding up the ghost, He fully and completely surrendered Himself to the power of the Father to not only keep Him, but also to bring Him forth from the very depths and bowels of hell itself. Jesus undoubtedly knew and understood that He would descend into the very depths of hell itself, and by descending into the very depths of hell, He would carry sin, as well as the weight and penalty of sin into hell itself. How absolutely remarkable and astonishing it is to think about and consider the fact that when Jesus commanded His spirit into the hands of the Father, He did so in order that He might trust fully and completely in the sovereignty of the Father, and trust fully and completely in His ability to not allow His soul and spirit to remain in hell, nor allow His physical body to suffer decay in the grave. It is truly remarkable to think about and consider the fact that not only would the Father not allow Jesus to remain in the very depths of hell itself, but so also would the Father not allow His body to suffer decay in the grave. It would be on the third day when Jesus would be raised from death to life, and when He would emerge from the grave having the keys of death, hell and the grave. Oh how truly remarkable and astonishing it is to think about and consider the fact that when Jesus descended into the very depths and bowels of hell, He descended carrying sin itself, as well as the full weight of the penalty of sin with Him there into the depths of hell. When Jesus descended into the very depths of hell, He condemned sin to hell once and for all, and experienced the full weight of the punishment and judgment of sin Himself. Oh that we would recognize and understand that not only did Jesus who knew no sin became sin for us, but He also tasted and experienced the full weight of the punishment and judgment of sin as he descended into the very depths of hell. Oh there is not a doubt in my mind that when Jesus descended into the very depths of hell, the very powers of darkness and the very forces of hell gloated and jeered over Him as they had not only watched Him die, but they had also watched Him descend into hell itself having become sin. Oh, imagine what must have gone through the minds of the powers of darkness, and what must have gone through the mind of Satan himself as he watched Jesus descending into the very depths of hell having become sin, and having the full weight and burden of sin squarely upon His shoulders and upon His being. Pause for a moment and consider the tremendous gloating and jeering all of hell must have experienced when the very Son of God descended into hell itself having become sin upon the cross of Calvary.

I have already written within this particular writing that in order for us to truly understand the awesome and incredible significance of Jesus being raised from the dead, and emerging from the tomb we must understand the work that was done upon the cross, and I firmly believe and am convinced that we must come face to face with the reality of what took place upon the cross during those three hours when darkness covered the face of the whole land. The resurrection of Jesus the Christ form the grave takes on an entirely different level of meaning and truth when you consider the fact that when Jesus hung there suspended between earth and sky upon the cross, He found Himself feeling abandoned and forsaken by the Father, He found Himself surrounded by enemies and adversaries on all sides, and He had even felt the full weight and burden of sin being placed upon His person and being. During those three hours when darkness covered the face of the land, Jesus found Himself surrounded by enemies and adversaries on all sides, as well as feeling the full weight and burden of sin upon His physical person and being. When Jesus commended His spirit into the hands of the Father, He was trusting completely and totally in the Father’s ability to keep and preserve Him, and to. Not allow His soul to remain in hell. Having already been surrounded by enemies and adversaries as He hung there upon the cross, Jesus would now descend into the very depths and bowels of hell itself where He would triumph over sin, over death, over hell, and over the grave. It would be in hell where Jesus would triumph over hell itself, yet it would be when Jesus emerged from the grave that He would triumph over death and the grave. If you turn and direct your attention to the final book of the New Testament—the prophetic book of the Revelation of Jesus the Christ—you will find Jesus declaring unto the apostle John that He had the keys of death, hell and the grave, and that He had risen and ascended victoriously and triumphantly over sin, over death, over hell and the grave. When Jesus emerged from the tomb, and when He came forth from the grave, He did so having full authority and full power over sin, over death, over hell, and over the grave, having descended into the very depths of hell itself, and having suffered death on the cross. Pause for a moment and consider the fact that not only did Jesus taste and suffer death as a result of sin, but Jesus also tasted and experienced hell as a direct result of sin. Oh that we would recognize and understand that not only did Jesus taste and suffer death upon the cross of Calvary two thousand years ago, but Jesus would also taste and experience hell itself, which is the ultimate penalty for sin. Oh beloved, there is coming a day when death and the grave will be cast into the lake of fire where the beat, the false prophet and Satan will be cast. There is coming a day when all those who have aligned themselves with the powers of darkness will find themselves being cast alive in the lake of fire. There is coming a day when hell itself will be cast into the lake of fire which is the second death. Jesus the Christ tasted and experienced death for us as a direct result of hanging upon the cross, and Jesus would also taste and experience hell itself as a direct result of sin and becoming the full weight and burden of sin itself.

When you come to the twentieth chapter of the New Testament gospel of John you will find the torture, the suffering and death of Jesus the Christ having come to a close, and even Jesus being buried in a borrowed tomb having been completed. It’s worth noting that the nineteenth chapter of the gospel of John ends and concludes with Jesus in the grave and with Jesus in the tomb, and yet the twentieth chapter of the same gospel opens and begins with the stone being rolled away from the entrance of the tomb, the tomb being empty, and the body of Jesus no longer being present within the tomb. How absolutely wonderful it is to think about and consider the fact that while it is true that the nineteenth chapter of the New Testament gospel of John concludes with the physical body of Jesus the Christ being laid in a borrowed tomb, the very next chapter opens up with the stone being rolled away and removed, the tomb itself being empty, and the physical body of Jesus no longer being in the tomb and grave. It is quite remarkable and quite astounding to think about and consider the fact that when you come to the twentieth chapter of the gospel of John you will come face to face with a stone rolled away, grave clothes left behind, and a grave empty. What’s more, is that if you read the New Testament gospel of Matthew you will find that at the death of Jesus the graves of countless men and women were opened, yet the physical bodies of those who lie in those graves would not emerge and come forth until Jesus Himself rose from the grave. It’s quite remarkable and astonishing to think about and consider the fact that when Jesus died and through His death the graves of men and women would be opened, thus signifying the tremendous reality that it is through the death of Jesus that our graves can in fact be opened. It wouldn’t be until Jesus Himself was raised from death to life, and when Jesus emerged from the tomb and grave in which He had been lain that the physical bodies of those whose graves had been opened would emerge from their graves, and would walk in the midst of the city of Jerusalem. Oh that we would allow ourselves to come face to face with the incredible reality that it is through the death of Jesus the Christ that graves are opened, yet it is through the resurrection of Jesus the Christ that graves can be robbed and graves can be emptied. The apostle Matthew makes it very clear that although the graves were opened at the death of Jesus, those graves would not be emptied until Jesus Himself emerged from his own tomb and grave, thus becoming the firstborn among many brethren. When Jesus emerged from the tomb and the grave He would emerge as the firstborn among the resurrected ones, and would be the firstborn of a tremendous host and company of resurrected ones that would experience victory and triumph over death and the grave through the victory which Jesus the Christ experienced when He was not only raised from death to life, but also emerged from the tomb and emerged from the grave.

One of the most intriguing realities surrounding that which we find in the twentieth chapter of the New Testament gospel of John—as well as perhaps the three other gospels—is that when Jesus emerged from the grave, He didn’t emerge with the stone still in front of the entrance of the tomb and grave in which He had been laid. When Jesus emerged from the grave, and when Jesus came forth from the tomb, He did so with the stone having been rolled away and removed. Pause for a moment and consider this reality, for why if Jesus could appear and manifest in the midst of a room filled with disciples with the door being shut would Jesus need the stone to be rolled away and removed from the entrance of the tomb? When it came to Jesus emerging from the tomb and from the grave, Jesus would do so after the stone had been rolled away and removed, and yet when Jesus appeared and manifested Himself in the midst of the disciples, He was able to appear among them in their midst while the door was still shut—and even locked for fear of the Jews. The twentieth chapter of the New Testament gospel of John brings us face to face with an empty tomb as the stone which lie before it was rolled away and removed, as well as a room where the disciples were staying experiencing the manifest presence and person of Jesus the Christ. How absolutely remarkable and astonishing it is to think about and consider the fact that when Jesus emerged from the tomb, He did so after the stone had been rolled away and removed, and He did so having left his grave clothes behind in the tomb. When Lazarus emerged from the tomb after Jesus had called Him forth from the grave, he did so still wrapped in the grave clothes which he had been bound with when he was laid in the tomb in the first place. It would be after Lazarus emerged from the tomb and grave that Jesus would issue the command to loose him of his grave clothes and let him go. When, however, Jesus emerged from the tomb and grave He would not only leave the grave behind, but He would also leave the grave clothes behind. It’s worth noting that when Simon called Peter entered into the grave he noticed that the grave clothes which were wrapped upon the body of Jesus were still in the tomb, and the napkin which was upon Jesus’ head was folded and in a different place from the grave clothes. By the time Simon called Peter and John had come to the tomb, the stone had been rolled away, the tomb had been vacated, the grave clothes had been left behind, and the napkin which covered and bound the face of Jesus was laid in place separate from the grave clothes. Oh, how absolutely wonderful and remarkable it is to think about and consider the awesome and incredible fact that not only was the tomb empty, but the tomb was empty in order that the room where the disciples might be abiding might be filled with the person and presence of Jesus the Christ. Think about it—this same Jesus who could appear in the midst of a room while the door was shut and locked could have very easily emerged from the tomb while the stone was still covering the entrance, and yet the stone was rolled away and removed from the entrance of the tomb—not so much so Jesus could come forth from the grave, but so man might come in and see the body and place where Jesus had been laid. The stone was rolled away—not because Jesus needed the stone to be removed to emerge from the grave, but in order that the disciples, and even Mary herself might be able to look and enter into the tomb to see that the tomb itself was empty, and that the physical person and body of Jesus the Christ was no longer present within it.

If there is one thing I absolutely love about what we find and read within this particular passage of Scripture, it’s that the tomb and grave was empty, and it was empty in order that the room where the disciples might be dwelling and abiding might be filled with the person and presence of Jesus the Christ. The tomb and grave were empty and void of the body of Jesus the Christ in order that Jesus might appear and manifest Himself in the midst of those who were hiding and abiding in a room with the door shut and locked behind them. How absolutely wonderful and remarkable it is to think about and consider the fact that the tomb and the grave was empty, and it was empty in order that the room where the disciples were hiding and abiding might be filled. In other words, the tomb has to be Monty so the room where the disciples might be dwelling and abiding might be dwelling and abiding might experience His manifest person and presence. Oh that we would read the words which are found within this passage of Scripture and would come face to face with the awesome and incredible reality that although the tomb and grave was empty, the room where the disciples were hiding and dwelling would be filled with the person and presence of Jesus the Christ. In the twentieth chapter of the New Testament gospel of John—not only do we find Mary coming to an empty tomb with the stone rolled away, but we also find Simon called Peter and the other disciple (the apostle John) coming unto the tomb confirming the report which Mary had brought unto them. What’s more, is that Simon called Peter actually entered into the tomb and observed the empty grave, as well as the grave clothes still present within the tomb and grave itself. How wonderful it is to think about and consider the fact that when Jesus appeared in the midst of the room where the disciples were hiding and abiding—not only did He appear without His grave clothes and very much alive, but Jesus also showed them His hands and His side, thus confirming the wonderful and powerful reality that it was in fact Jesus the Christ whom they had walked with and followed for three and a half years. By showing them His hands and His side, Jesus was proving unto them that He was indeed very much alive, and that He bore the prints and marks of suffering and death, which He experienced upon the cross only a few days earlier. Oh how absolutely wonderful it is to think about and consider the reality that not only did Jesus appear in the midst of the room with the disciples while the door was shut and locked, but He also showed unto them his hands and His side, thus proving that He was very much alive just as He had promised, and just as the Scriptures had foretold. Oh that we would find great solace and encouragement in the reality that not only is the tomb and grave empty, but the tomb and grave is empty in order that Jesus might enter into those places in our lives where we might be hiding in order that He might demonstrate and prove His resurrection and triumph over death, hell and the grave.

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