Come, See the Place where the Lord Lay
By: Hans Zeiger
The angel who appeared to the women at the tomb in the early hours of Easter gave to our age a good call. “Do not be afraid,” he said, “for I know that you seek Jesus Who was crucified. He is not here; for He is risen, as He said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay.”
Faith runs weak in the West. It is an age of postmodernism, which means that most people can’t figure out what to do with themselves. Those who settle on some direction find themselves headed no place in particular. There are many choices and many chances, but there is no truth and no meaning. We propose to murder a fetus, not because we are no longer useful to her, but because she is no longer useful to us. It was the same war on life that claimed the life of Jesus Christ two millennia ago.
So the angel speaks to our postmodern age: “Do not be afraid.” There is much that we could fear these days. We could fear terrorism, we could fear AIDS, we could fear government, we could fear technology, we could fear the future. In fear, we grope around for an ultimate Reality that can conquer our worst fears, a Truth that can overcome our most deceitful lies, and a path that can lead us to a sublime destiny.
And sometimes we set our eyes upon the empty tomb, but we have no faith in its message. We think, until the Word of God strikes our hearts otherwise, that Jesus is still lying there, dead because we killed Him. And the angel corrects us, “I know that you seek Jesus Who was crucified. He is not here.”
But something is in there, we reply. Some dead thing rests in the tomb. And all the while, it is only ourselves that we see lying dead there, dead in sin.
How rarely does it occur in our minds that the tomb may actually sit empty. The consequences of the fact of the resurrection being dramatic, there is a sinful aversion to believe in Easter. Sin is our plague, and to sin we gladly return.
But the angel invites us up out of the tomb with Christ, “for He is risen.” We can know that the tomb is truly empty when we ourselves get out of it and join the Savior on the side of life.
Alive in Christ, we can know Truth itself in a world that long ago gave up the search for Truth. Alive in Christ, we can experience Mercy in a world that knows none. Alive in Christ, “Mercy and Truth have met together; Righteousness and Peace have kissed. Truth shall spring out of the earth, and Righteousness shall look down from Heaven.” Jesus Christ – the Way, the Truth, the Life – has sprung out of the earth. Though his grave was deeper than any other man’s, for the sins he carried were heavier, Truth could not remain buried in the earth.
And now with new eyes, eyes of Truth, we can come see the place where the Lord lay. Death reigned there in that tomb, but Life broke forth into Light. As a great old hymn rejoices, “The strife is o’er, the battle done; / The victory of life is won; / The song of triumph has begun.”
How, upon beholding such a sight as the empty tomb, are we to sing our song of triumph? The next thing the angel said was, “Go quickly and tell.” There is urgency and immediacy in the message that matters. “You who make mention of the Lord, do not keep silent,” says Isaiah 62:6.
This is the task of our generation: to come see the place where the Lord lay, and then to go quickly and tell. If we look upon any other place or declare any other message, we will be the “perverse and crooked generation” of Deuteronomy 32, “children in whom is no faith,” or the cursing, vicious, self-righteous generation of Proverbs 30. But “the generation of the upright will be blessed” (Psalm 112:2).
This generation must be upright; we must stand tall before God; we must not grow slack in proclaiming His Good News. We are the posterity of Easter prophesied in Psalm 22. “A posterity shall serve Him. And it will be recounted of the Lord to the next generation, they will come and declare His righteousness to a people who will be born, that He has done this.”
Hans Zeiger is “only a sinner saved by grace.” www.reaganchildren.com. Hans Zeiger is a Staff Writer for The New Media Alliance. Columns by this author can be read regularly on TheRealityCheck.org