“Now on the first day of the week, very early in the morning, they, and certain other women with them, came to the tomb bringing the spices which they had prepared. But they found the stone rolled away from the tomb.” Luke 24:1-2
I am fascinated by the account of the early visitors to the tomb that first Easter morning. I noticed that, as they were headed to the tomb, they were carrying certain baggage with them. To be specific, they were bringing along spices which they intended to use to anoint the dead body of Jesus. Upon reaching the tomb, they realized that what they were carrying no longer had any significance in light of the developments at the tomb. The baggage they carried was the “baggage” of death but once they arrived at the tomb, they realized that they needed to let go of what they carried and to live in light of the change that was wrought by the resurrection of Jesus from the dead!.
Easter still carries that same majesty within it!
There will be many, many people who will approach the tomb of Jesus this year by thinking about Easter’s meaning or by attending a worship service just to take a look at what happened there. Many will be carrying “baggage” with them: the baggage of sin, the baggage of relationships that bring death, the baggage of addiction, the baggage of a life that is falling apart, the baggage of a life that looks good on the outside but is truly rotten on the inside. They will by carrying with them instruments that are fit for a life of death rather than a life which is alive with purpose and meaning.
But, once you take a trip to the tomb with the purpose of understanding what happened there, you will be greeted by the same reality that millions of others who have made the same journey have come to know – the stone has been rolled away! Instruments of death have no place in light of the resurrection of Jesus Christ!
What are you carrying around in your life?
Are they instruments fit for a life of death or for a life of purpose, meaning, and future possibilities?
If you are carrying “baggage”, come to the tomb and meet the resurrected Savior; allow Him to show you His hands and feet – realize that He is not dead, but alive! Everyone who embraces Him leaves a life of death and enters life that is full of meaning and bursting with new opportunities.
Enter the empty tomb; leave your instruments of death behind;and walk out with the living King of Kings! If you do, your life will never be the same again!