Treatment or Cure?
Have you ever been misdiagnosed? If you have, you know how frustrating it can be. You start doctoring and get a prescription, but after it has run its course you soon find yourself struggling worse than ever before.
Some have that same experience in Jesus’ empty tomb. They enter it focused on what is ailing them and miss the complete healing that’s offered.
Cancer, for example, might present itself in various ways. Your first reaction may be to treat those symptoms rather than identify and confront the real issue.
Death is one such symptom. The real issue runs much deeper. “Death came to all people, because all sinned” (Romans 5:12). What we really need is a cure for sin.
It’s easy for Easter to pass you by without realizing its full power. You plan a family meal. You prepare for an egg hunt. You get everyone off to church. You celebrate victory over death. Then the pace of life picks up again.
Yes, the resurrection clearly demonstrates Jesus’ power over death. He is the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep. (1 Corinthians 15:20) He promises, “Because I live, you also will live” (John 14:19). This brings tremendous comfort as we look ahead to a blessed reunion. Death is not the end of our story.
Mormons also recognize this. They believe that Jesus’ resurrection gives victory over death. “Through the Atonement of Jesus Christ, all people will be resurrected—saved from physical death” (True to the Faith, p.139). Yet, they still leave his tomb sick.
That’s because we all have a disease we can’t treat. It shows itself in selfish motives, broken relationships, suffering and yes, even death. It separates us from God. Yet you can’t get on the path toward healing until you diagnose the root problem of sin.
This is where many Mormons find themselves. They believe in the resurrection of the dead, but very few believe they have forgiveness of sins because they’re taught it depends on them. Resurrection without forgiveness is like taking aspirin for terminal cancer. No wonder so many Mormons are afraid of Judgment Day.
Go back to the empty tomb. Linger awhile. You’ll find more than just treatment for the symptoms. Jesus delivered the cure for sin.
Paul wrote, “If Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins” (1 Corinthians 15:17). The empty tomb reverses that statement, so turn it around. Because Christ has been raised, your faith is of great value; you are no longer in your sins. The Bible repeatedly assures you that you’re dead to sin and alive in Christ (Romans 6:11, Ephesians 2:6, Colossians 2:12, 3:1).
There are moments of overflowing joy like a wedding or the birth of a child when you wish you could slow down time. You don’t want to miss anything. Jesus’ empty tomb is one such event. Take it all in. Then bring others along with you so they too may discover full and complete healing.