02Behold the Place Where They Laid Him | Brother Jim O'Connor, Oak Grove Church of Christ

“Be not affrighted: Ye seek Jesus of Nazareth, which was crucified: he is risen; he is not here: behold the place where they laid him.” – Mark 16:6

These words of the angel to the women were an invitation to witness for themselves the emptiness of the tomb. They came to anoint a dead body but no dead body was available; for, as Peter later said, “This Jesus hath God raised up.” (Acts 2:32). The testimony of the empty tomb, the inability of enemies to produce the body, and the testimony of those to whom Jesus appeared alive leave us without doubt concerning the resurrection of our Lord. We praise our God for this “working of his mighty power” (Ephesians. 1:19-20).

It is good for us, with the eyes of our mind, to also “behold the place where they laid him”. We need to do this in order that we might…

a) Remember that sin, of which we are all guilty, caused our Lord to lie there in the first place. We must not forget theft “Christ died for our sins” (1 Corinthians.15:3). This was truly a case of the innocent suffering for the guilty.(1 Peter 3:18)

For Christ also suffered once for sins, the just for the unjust, that He might bring [a]us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive by the Spirit,” – 1 Peter 3:18

b) Respect our commitment to him “who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar (purchased) people, zealous of good works” (Titus 2:14). We live for him who died for us.

c) Rejoice in the hope that we have of also overcoming the grave through the same power that brought Jesus from the grave.

So when this corruptible has put on incorruption, and this mortal has put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written: “Death is swallowed up in victory.” “O[a] Death, where is your sting? O Hades, where is your victory?” The sting of death is sin, and the strength of sin is the law. 57 But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.” – 1 Corinthians 15:54-57

The empty tomb of Jesus is representative of the condition all tombs shall see

 Do not marvel at this; for the hour is coming in which all who are in the graves will hear His voice 29 and come forth—those who have done good, to the resurrection of life, and those who have done evil, to the resurrection of condemnation.” – John 5:28-29

We, behold the place where they laid him, and thank our God that there is one small place on this earth where Jesus isn’t – HE ISN’T IN THE TOMB!

-Brother Jim O'Connor
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