what it does not contain!” (Sam Morris). Of all the Christ motifs in the New Testament, the resurrection is one of the most mentioned. The cross could not stop the plan of God and neither could the grave. In fact, the cross and the grave were the plan of God. The cross was the means of atonement and the grave was the means to life. On the cross, Jesus was victorious over sin and in the grave, Jesus was victorious over death.
The two enemies of man; destroyed by the cross of Calvary and an empty borrowed tomb. We no longer have to fear sin or its consequence. Our sins are covered by the blood of the cross and their consequences, death, is destroyed by folded grave cloths. “Oh death where is your sting, oh grave, where is your victory.”
The Christian walks in the light of Jesus and the blood of Jesus continually cleanses the Christian’s sin. Paul said that the Christian’s sin is not counted. That is true because the blood cleanses the Christian on a continuous basis. The cross put away the Christian’s sin once and for all.
Jesus left an empty grave as a sign that death has no dominion over him or those who believe in him. We can’t stop death, but we can overcome it. We may die but we won’t stay dead. That is the whole crux of the Christian’s belief. Sin has its way with the body of flesh but the cross and an empty tomb have their way with the soul of man. That’s what Jesus meant when he said, “I am the resurrection and the life; he who believes in Me will live even if he dies, and everyone who lives and believes in Me will never die.” (John 11:25-26).
In answer to the old question, “Do you want to live forever?”, the Christian says, “I not only want to, I will.”