Easter. Jesus lives. He went to the darkest of places for three days. He returned to his disciples. He said to them, “Why are you startled? Why are doubts arising in your hearts? Look at my hands and my feet. It’s really me! Touch me and see, for a ghost doesn’t have flesh and bones like you see I have.” As he said this, he showed them his hands and feet.
The disciples of Jesus had no need for evidence of the empty tomb. They could see it for themselves. But what assurance can we have today that the tomb really was empty?
If the tomb had not been empty, someone would have produced Jesus’ body. There are well-documented appearances of Jesus appearing after his resurrection in all four gospels and in 1 Corinthians. The idea of a man returned from death would have been strange to first-century Jews. Jesus told them he would return and he did.
Jesus told them he would return again and he will.