Without the empty tomb, there is no Christianity. Jesus would be just one more failed, false Messiah who raised the hopes of many and then dashed them. But he did rise from the dead validating everything that he had said and promised.
If Jesus had not been raised from the dead, there would have been no salvation and we would still bear our sins and would stand under condemnation. But Jesus did rise from the dead, and he took both sin and death hostage, promising us that our sins are forgiven. Recently, the second reading at Sunday Mass was from Saint Paul’s First Letter to the Corinthians. “Death has been swallowed up on victory. O, Death, where is your victory. O Death, where is your sting.”
Because Jesus rose from the dead, we dare to face our greatest enemy—Death. Death seems to be the destruction of all. It is the destruction of our lives, the destruction of our hopes and dreams. All that we have achieved, we leave behind. All that we have accumulated, we leave behind. All whom we have loved, we leave behind. Death seems to be the great destroyer of all. But we dare to face Death. We dare to die, because we know that Jesus has won the victory over death and that we, like him, will rise from the dead and live with him forever.
The Resurrection of Jesus is our victory over sin and death. It means that no matter what we face, we are, as Saint Paul taught, “more than conquerors.” We all must face struggles and difficulties. We will be overwhelmed and feel defeated at times. But no matter what happens, Jesus is victorious and so are we.
— Fr. Mike Comer