On Easter Sunday, we Christians celebrate the triumphant resurrection of our Lord and savior Jesus Christ from the grave. Our Christian faith rests upon the validity of the claim that Jesus physically rose from the dead. Jesus’ resurrection secures both our pathway to eternal salvation as well as our victory in life through the coming of the Holy Spirit. Let’s focus on several metaphorical empty tombs that we can walk out of in this life through our faith in God.
There are times when we feel lonely due to physical separation from people and our loved ones for an extended period time ranging from days to months or even years perhaps. We could also feel lonely and emotionally and psychologically detached from others amid a bustling city. In either case, we must remember that all those of us sanctified by the Holy Spirit are promised a spirit of adoption by which we can call to God as our own beloved father.
“For all who are being led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God, for you have not received a spirit of slavery leading to fear again, but you have received a spirit of adoption as sons by which we cry out, ‘Abba, Father’. The Spirit Himself testifies with our spirit that we are the children of God.” Romans 8:14-16.
As a personal note, I know with certainty that every moment of our lives has been and will be monitored by God in full detail. Although it appears God is asleep or refraining from the prevention of suffering, He does know to full extent the depths of our heart and our experiences. The verse from Romans illustrates that we can call upon God as though He is within our proximity, and even though we may not see all our questions completely answered in this life, God will bring everything to a final resolution. Those who realize this will never truly be given to the empty tomb of loneliness.
The second most prominent empty tomb that we can walk free out of is fear. Throughout the scriptures, we are consistently instructed to “Fear Not” by the angels. There are many things we can fear from such as the uncertainty about the future, illness and some myriad other reasons. Many of us also fear death, and this was conquered by Jesus when he rose on the third day. Jesus rising from the death allows us to realize that we are sojourners through life and this world isn’t our permanent home. God has something prepared for believers and those who live accordingly which we currently cannot fathom. The book of Timothy instructs us to live confidently exuding courage and self-control.
“For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline” 2 Timothy 1:7.
The Holy Spirit’s goal is to sanctify us and Jesus made good on his promise of eternal life, what’s left to be afraid of?