The Light of the Son
Greg Spires – Teaching Pastor
There is an expression we use when it seems something difficult is coming to an end. When someone is going through a tough time, but it seems the tide is turning to better times, they might say, “I can see the light at the end of the tunnel.” It is a way of saying that things are still hard, but the end is in sight.
As we all know, this expression is derived from the experience of following a set of train tracks into a tunnel. It is dark and bendy, and since it is unfamiliar, its length is unknown. Trudging through the dark eyes are strained to try and find the exit on the other end. But then, suddenly, a glimmer of daylight is seen. Just a little further, and the darkness will only be a memory.
One of the differences between a tunnel and a cave is the light at the end. If a person walks into a cave, there is no light at the end. The only way to find light in a cave is to go back to where it opens.
Graves in the ancient world were like caves. Today we think of a grave as a hole in the ground we fill with dirt. But in ancient Israel, graves would be dug or cut out of rock. Remains were put in the tomb, and many years later, the family would go in and collect the bones and place them in a box for safekeeping. Often, in this way, a tomb would be used by a family for many members of the family. A body goes in, and after natural decomposition takes place, only bones come out.
There is no light at the end of a grave. There is only darkness. Or is there?
On the first day of the week after Jesus had been buried for three days, some women went to apply spices, as was customary. Luke 24:2-4 says, “And they found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they went in they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. While they were perplexed about this, behold, two men stood by them in dazzling apparel.”
The women went into a dark tomb and found dazzling light!
Jesus raised from the dead, and He changed the rules for how graves work. Now, there is light at the end of the tunnel – even if that darkness is a tomb. How is that possible?
Jesus raised from the dead, so He defeated death. Anyone who is in Christ through faith is no longer subject to the rule of death. For those who have trusted Jesus to forgive them, death isn’t deadly. For a believer to enter a tomb is to find inexplicable light – the shining light of the Risen Son of God!
For those in Christ, we have been given hope that will never end. The one thing that has plagued humankind for all of time is no longer a concern. There is light at the end of the tunnel – of life, and the grave. The best is yet to come. The worst of this life will be a fading memory. The best of this life does not compare to the inexpressible joys we will encounter.
It all started with an empty tomb – filled with light. A tomb that brings joy and hope to all who believe.