The Tomb Is Empty Where Is Jesus Christ?
“So when they met together, they asked him. ‘Lord. Are you at this time going to restore the kingdom to Israel?’ He said to them; ‘It is not for you to know the times or dates the Father has set by his own authority. But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.’ After he said this, he was taken up before their very eyes, and a cloud hid him from their sight.” (Acts 1 v 6-9)
At this moment, the Lord Jesus is in heaven of God’s throne, a real place somewhere in His created universe, far above all heavens. Jesus Christ is not, like other men who lived in the past, somewhere in a grave. He is unique among men, in that, though He died and was buried, He rose again! The bodily resurrection of Jesus from the dead is the central fact of the Christian faith.
“While they were still talking about this, Jesus himself stood among them and said to them, ‘Peace be with you.’ They were startled and frightened, thinking they saw a ghost. He said to them, ‘Why are you troubled, and why do doubts rise in your minds? Look at my hands and my feet. It is I myself! Touch me and see; a ghost does not have flesh and bones, as you see I have.’ When he had said this, he showed them his hands and feet. And while they still did not believe it because of joy and amazement, he asked them, ‘Do you have anything here to eat?’ They gave him a piece of broiled fish, and he took it and ate it in their presence. He said to them, ‘This is what I told you while I was still with you: Everything must be fulfilled that is written about me in the Law of Moses, the Prophets and the Psalms.’(Luke 24 v 36-44)
Jesus resurrection was not in any sense a spiritual resurrection, because His spirit never died! It was His body that was raised, leaving an empty tomb. His resurrection body, though truly a physical body, was also a spiritual body, controlled and activated by God’s spirit, no longer subject to the infirmities and limitations of the flesh. Jesus could now instantly transport Himself to any place directed by His spirit – even from earth to heaven.
“Jesus said, ‘Do not hold on to me, for I have not yet returned to the Father. Go instead to my brothers and tell them, I am returning to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.” (John 20 v 17)
Death is man’s greatest enemy, and every man and woman, boy and girl, eventually dies. The whole world – physical, biological and social – is under the reign of death, imposed by God’s curse on man’s dominion when he first rejected God’s Word and brought sin into the world (Genesis 3 v 17). Jesus Christ, the eternal Son of God and the world’s promised Redeemer, has conquered death, bearing the Curse Himself (Galatians 3 v 13), and thus opening the way to God and everlasting life.
The empty tomb has never been explained by those who are doubters. If the body of Jesus Christ was still there, or in any other place still accessible to the Jews or Romans, they would certainly have produced it as a sure means of immediately quenching the spreading flame of the Christian faith. If the followers and disciples somehow had the body themselves, and thus knew He was dead, they could never have preached His resurrection as they did, knowing it would surely mean persecution and death.
Thus we have the certain testimony of the empty tomb and the many appearances of Christ after His resurrection, further supported by the uniform teaching of Scripture, the promises and prophecies of the Old Testament. The final evidence is the experiential reality of the assurance of salvation and eternal life, enjoyed by each person who has ever placed his personal faith in the living Christ.