As we stand now almost a month out from Easter celebrations, I still can’t help but continue to proclaim TELESTAI. It is finished. Death is conquered. Christ has won. We are free. The beauty of an empty grave is that while it is already finished, He is still using us to redeem His people.
“All the ends of the earth shall remember and turn to the Lord, and all the families of the nations shall worship before you. For kingship belongs to the Lord, and he rules over the nations. All the prosperous of the earth eat and worship; before him shall bow all who go down to the dust, even the one who could not keep himself alive. Posterity shall serve him; it shall be told of the coming generation; they shall come and proclaim his righteousness to a people yet unborn that he has done it.” Psalm 22: 27-31
This prophetic word, declared by the psalmist David, predicts not only the death of Christ, but also the response of His people. That every tongue and nation would know that He is God and He is good. On Easter, as a unit of believers, we have the privilege of coming before an empty tomb, and rejoicing in the freedom that Christ wasn’t just a man who died on a cross, but that He in fact was the Son of God. However, Christ isn’t calling us to stay in the tomb. Primarily because Christ’s resurrection didn’t stop at a missing body.
The empty grave spurred forth an urgency to make Christ’s victory known. The empty grave created a movement of people who were ready and eager to multiply and make disciples in their community, amongst their neighbors, and to the ends of the earth. These people were seen as crazy. Some of them mocked and some even killed, but even still the power of the cross was shouted throughout the nations. Generations of people have been passionate about future generations of people knowing that the grave was empty and that Jesus of Nazareth was in fact the Son of God.
Whether it’s because of fear, thoughts of inadequacy, or because of comfort, it is sometimes our tendency to stay in the position of simply knowing Christ, and not move out into the calling to make Him known. My prayer for each and every one of us is that we will not stop at the tomb. That we will not see the resurrected Christ and keep it to ourselves, but that we will be a generation for the future generations. What does that look like for us? What does it mean to prepare the way for a people that we may never know? What does it look like to plant seeds in a field that we may never see harvested?
This past Spring, we had a group of 4 humble, hardworking, and future generation-minded interns. They signed on with the full-intention of preparing for internships to come. They did the dirty work- cleaned, took inventory, prayed, prepared discipleship curriculum, and truly just served. Interns preparing for interns that they may never meet, simply so that more people would know Jesus and make Him known. I think this is what our response to the empty grave is supposed to look like. Humbling ourselves, following Christ’s model through service, and preparing the way for other believers. That is how Christ’s resurrection is brought to the fullness of glory. When we pick ourselves up from the floor of an empty grave, and begin to follow the call of the man who ascended into heaven. Because it is for him and through him that all things hold together.