THE TOMB TOURIST
Hmmm ... travelling through a tomb - what an original thought!
In fact if it really is your tomb there will be no navigating to do. Someone else will place you there, and you will be completely:
- pre-occupied elsewhere
- blind to its darkness
- unaware of the loneliness and
- oblivious to its cold barrenness.
Once in the tomb the opportunity for passing through becomes distinctly absent.
Tombs cannot be escaped from. They are the end result of supernatural transactions conducted between the heavens and earth. The nature of these dealings are completely out of the control of the tomb's occupants.
Yet amidst the annals of the miraculous there truly was one Tomb Tourist.
He was placed with the consuming love of His friends in a new hand-hewn cave. The tomb was secured with a rock sufficiently large to require an earthquake to dislodge it. The rock was sealed and the tomb guarded. This was a safe tomb.
BUT - this tomb was never to be a home of decay for the new occupant; it would ever only be a hotel. He was moving through.
Jesus' tomb was never a destination, merely a dalliance.
Jesus was on His path to paradise as He travelled through the tomb. It was simply His next step to glory.
In fact, the path to glory is always the path of personal entombment. All must arrive at the point of self-death before entering the path to new life.
“I tell you the truth, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds.” (John 12:24)
Five days before His crucifixion Jesus taught self-death. Five days later He lived it.
(NOTE - Jesus had died to Himself long before He ever came to earth. See Philippians 2:6-11)
Any tomb-tourist knows that life on the other side of the tomb is far superior to life before the tomb. Jesus proves this.
Jesus went up because He gave up.
Self-denial becomes soul revival for it is passing through the tomb.
Any would-be tomb tourist is dying to live for Jesus, for they know He welcomes them soon.
Jesus' return is even more certain than tomorrow's dawn.
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“How hard it is to see greatness and goodness when it is covered in rejection and rags.”
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