But Peter rose and ran to the tomb; stooping and looking in, he saw the linen cloths by themselves; and he went home marvelling at what had happened. Luke 24:12
Dr. Steve Lawson once rightly said, “The stone was rolled away from the tomb, not to let Jesus out, but to let the world in.” (Grace Quotes)
The empty tomb has captured by faith, millions from every corner of the globe as they have trusted in the risen Christ as their Saviour and Lord. Christianity was born & still exists today because of that empty tomb. The risen Lord is the very crux, the centrepiece of all we believe God has said in His Word. If there was no resurrection, Christianity is a hopeless, fraudulent & meaningless faith to follow. Read the following words of J MacArthur on this vital truth.
“The basic truth of the resurrection undergirds a number of other truths. 1. It gives evidence that the Word of God is totally true and reliable. Jesus rose from the deadprecisely when and in the way He had predicted (see Mt. 12:40; 16:21; 17:9, 23). 2. The resurrection means that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, as He claimed to be, and that He has power over life and death. 3. The resurrection proves that salvation is complete, that on the cross Christ conquered sin, death, and hell and rose victorious. 4. The resurrection proves that the church has been established. Jesus had declared, "I will build My church; and the gates of Hades shall not overpower it" (Mt. 16:8)... His resurrection proved that death itself could not prevent Christ from establishing His church. 5. The resurrection proves that judgment is coming. Jesus declared that the heavenly Father "has given all judgment to the Son" (Jn. 5:22), and since the Son is now risen and alive, His judgment is certain. 6. The resurrection of Jesus Christ proves that heaven is waiting. Jesus promised, "In My house are many dwelling places; if it were not so, I would have told you; for I go to prepare a place for you" (Jn. 14:2). Because Christ is alive by the resurrection, believers have the assurance that He is now preparing a heavenly dwelling for them.” (Grace Quotes)