The Hope of the Tomb

Wendy Pope

Day: 38 | Plan: Matthew

Today's Reading: Matthew 27:57-66

Matthew 27:59-60a (NIV)Joseph took the body, wrapped it in a clean linen cloth, and placed it in his own new tomb that he had cut out of the rock.

The trial is over. Jesus, the hope of the Jewish people has died. His body has been carefully wrapped in clean cloths and placed in a tomb. A huge stone was rolled in front of the entrance. Guards stood poised by the tomb ready to stop anyone from going in, or better yet from coming out.

Though the guards stood at attention they could not stop the resurrection. The tomb was destined to be empty.

The empty tomb is symbolic of the life Jesus died to give. He was, is, and always will be our hope. We can’t ever forget that!

It’s so easy to bury the hope of the empty tomb somewhere in our minds as we place our hope in the things the world promises. We strive for power, jockey for position and toil for prosperity. Such things are uncertain; they are life-stealers, not life-givers.

We have to guard our hearts from the lure of the world’s false hope. Burying the treasures of His promises deep in our hearts enables us to live the full and abundant life the hope of the tomb represents. This life replaces the need for power with a heart of submission. It takes second chair rather than first position. And it generously gives instead of working to gain.

Prayer: Lord, forgive me for chasing the lure of the world’s hope, forgetting the hope of Your death and resurrection. Teach me Your ways so that I might live the life You died to give. In Jesus' name, amen.


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