Thanks for Repairing the Tomb of Jesus, but He is Still Not There (Gospel Light Minute X #273)
This is the “chief of sinners,” Daniel Whyte III, president of Gospel Light Society International, reminding you of what the Bible says, that “Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners” like you and me.
This past week, the traditional tomb of Jesus in Jerusalem was re-opened to the public after nine months of meticulous repairs. According to CNN, the burial chamber where Christ is believed to have been entombed is situated in the heart of the Christian quarter in Jerusalem’s Old City. The small limestone and marble structure built on the site identified in the 4th century as Jesus’ resting place following his crucifixion received much-needed repairs. The repairs were completed a few weeks ahead of Easter when, once again, thousands of believers from around the world will converge on the site to mark the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ. After the Easter season, a second phase of restoration is set to begin. The first phase cost over $3.7 million.
Caring for the resting place of someone who has passed away is not unheard of. In fact, there are “grave care” businesses that are paid to clear leaves, cut the grass, and place flowers on the tomb of a loved one who has died. People often go and spend a few moments at the grave in order to feel closer to the one who is gone.
But all the fuss about Jesus’ tomb is taking place for an entirely different reason. People don’t flock to the site each year because it is His final resting place. Millions of dollars aren’t being spent to restore the structure because His body is actually there. Rather, people visit the site because Jesus is NOT there. He did not stay in His grave. Although He died and was buried, Acts 2:31 says, “His soul was not left in hell, neither his flesh did see corruption (or decay in the grave).”
The thousands who make pilgrimage to Jerusalem each year are going to be reminded of the resurrection power that Jesus brought to the world. Just as He rose from the dead and conquered the grave, He is the means by which each of us can do the same. Jesus is God’s Son who took on human flesh so that He might bear the punishment of our sins on Himself. Without His sacrifice, each of us would die, go to the grave, and stay in the grave. But, because of what Jesus did on the cross, if we place our faith and trust in Him, we can do as He did and one day rise from the grave to live where He is forever.
Do you want to place your faith and trust in Jesus Christ so that you can be resurrected to live with Him forever? It will only take a minute to make this important decision. Allow me to show you how you can do so right now.
First, you must realize and admit that you are a sinner and that you have broken God’s laws. The Bible says in Ecclesiastes 7:20: “For there is not a just man upon earth that doeth good, and sinneth not.” Romans 3:23 reads: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.” In fact, I am the chief of sinners, so don’t think that you’re alone.
Second, you must understand that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…” This is both spiritual death and physical death. We die physically and go to the grave because of sin and we die spiritually and go to hell because of sin.
Third, you must understand that you are on the road to hell because of your sins. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” The Bible says in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”
Fourth, you must accept the fact that you cannot do anything to save yourself! The Bible states in Ephesians 2: 8, 9: “For by grace are ye saved through faith: and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God. Not of works, lest any man should boast.”
Fifth, you must accept the fact that God loves you more than you love yourself, and that He wants to save you from hell. Because of God’s love for you, he sent his Son, Jesus Christ, to pay the penalty for your sin. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16, “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Because God sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to die on the cross for our sins, we can live with God in Heaven for all eternity after we die.
Finally, with these facts in mind, you must repent of your sins, believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and pray and ask Him to come into your heart and save you this very moment. The Bible states in the book of Romans 10:9, 13: “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised Him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.” “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
If you are willing to believe on the Lord Jesus Christ for salvation, please pray with me the following simple prayer: Holy Father God, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I now believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. Amen.
If you believed in your heart that Jesus Christ died on the cross, was buried, and rose again, allow me to say, congratulations on doing the most important thing in life and that is trusting Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour!
Believe by faith. Share the faith. And keep the faith! God Bless You!
Daniel Whyte III has spoken in meetings across the United States and in over twenty-five foreign countries. He is the author of over forty books including the Essence Magazine, Dallas Morning News, and Amazon.com national bestseller, Letters to Young Black Men. He is also the president of Gospel Light Society International, a worldwide evangelistic ministry that reaches thousands with the Gospel each week, as well as president of Torch Ministries International, a Christian literature ministry.
He is heard by thousands each week on his radio broadcasts/podcasts, which include: The Prayer Motivator Devotional, The Prayer Motivator Minute, as well as Gospel Light Minute X, the Gospel Light Minute, the Sunday Evening Evangelistic Message, the Prophet Daniel’s Report, the Second Coming Watch Update and the Soul-Winning Motivator, among others.
He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Theology from Bethany Divinity College, a Bachelor’s degree in Religion from Texas Wesleyan University, a Master’s degree in Religion, a Master of Divinity degree, and a Master of Theology degree from Liberty University’s Rawlings School of Divinity (formerly Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary). He is currently a candidate for the Doctor of Ministry degree.
He has been married to the former Meriqua Althea Dixon, of Christiana, Jamaica since 1987. God has blessed their union with seven children.