Come See Where He Lay. . .
How Conclusive! Mt 28:6
True faith is not belief without evidence – but trust without reservation. It is neither blind nor unreasoning. Faith – the biblical kind – rests upon the revealed Word of God. Abraham is repeatedly set forth as a man of faith (Gen. 15:6; 22:12; Rom. 4:3; Gal. 3:6; Heb. 11:8-19). And the divine commentary on the patriarch is this, “. . . Abraham believed God . . .” (Rom. 4:3).
The leadership of Israel repeatedly asked Jesus to authenticate His ministry through a sign. He promised only one, Kill me and on the third day I’ll rise from the grave.
And so men came to the grave on the third day. It should have been sealed and guarded – it wasn’t. The stone should have been in place – it wasn’t. Jesus should have been inside – He wasn’t. But there was an angel present. And he said, The best I can do is show you where He used to be – “. . . Come, see the place where the Lord lay” (Mt. 28:6). The grave clothes were neatly wrapped, undisturbed, in place, the head separated from the body. The form of a man was still there. But Jesus wasn’t. In a resurrected body of a different dimension, He had passed right through the grave clothes.
The empty tomb had a message for the disciples then, as it has for us today. To science and philosophy it says, Explain this event. To history it requests, Repeat this event. To time it challenges, Blot out this event. And to faith it pleads, Believe this event.
“They made the sepulcher sure” – HOW PRESUMPTUOUS? “He is not here” – HOW PERPLEXING! “He is risen” – HOW TRIUMPHANT! “Come see where He lay” – HOW CONCLUSIVE!
Please! PIease! I would implore you if it would help. For the eternal good of your soul and the glory of God, flee to Calvary – there to be identified with Christ in His substitutionary and sacrificial death. Only then can you be identified in His bodily resurrection unto life everlasting (Jn. 5:24).