Over a hundred years ago there was a countess who did not believe in God. She did not believe in life after death, nor did she believe in the resurrection. Before her death she left instructions for her burial.
When she died, the grave was to be closed and covered with large stones. These stones should be held together with iron rods and hooks. A large granite slab was to be placed over everything.
When the Countess died her instructions were followed to the letter. They closed the grave, covered it with stones and joined them with iron bars and hooks. Then they covered everything with a huge granite slab. The plaque placed on the grave had the following inscription:
THIS TOMB IS NEVER TO BE OPENED.
IT IS FOREVER SEALED.
A little seed germinated under the rocks and granite slab. Gradually its delicate stem worked its way between the rocks and the granite and up into the light. The iron bars came loose and fell off the rocks.
Today, a leafy tree stands in the open grave. People passing by look with surprise at the plaque that says that the tomb is never to be opened.
A little seed did what the Countess thought was impossible… it opened the sealed tomb!
THE EMPTY TOMB
There was another tomb that was sealed. That tomb was sealed with a large stone, but it was opened. It was the tomb of Jesus. When He died and was buried, they rolled a huge stone over the door of the tomb and placed soldiers to watch to make sure no one opened it. Imagine! Soldiers guarding the dead!
The soldiers had to watch to make sure that no one stole the body of Jesus. The enemies of Jesus knew that He had said He would rise again, so they put soldiers to guard the tomb. But no one could stop Jesus resurrection. God sent angels to open the tomb! There was a great earthquake and an angel of the Lord came down from heaven and rolled the stone away. Jesus was raised from the dead!
The tomb is empty! He is risen!
To print the story: 47 The seed that opened a tomb
The first one to run with the message of the resurrected Christ was Mary Magdalene. What a joy for her troubled heart to meet the Savior face to face. He was surely risen!
A SEED OF LOVE
You and I can be like the seed that opened the tomb of the Countess. There are many people who have hardened hearts. They don’t believe in God or His Son Jesus. We can speak to them about the Lord and what He has done for us. The words we speak can germinate the seed of faith in their heart… faith to believe in Jesus. That seed of love can become a powerful message of salvation.
RECEIVE CHRIST IN YOUR LIFE
If you have not received Christ in your life, open your heart to Him. Jesus lives! He came to be your Lord and Savior. There is nothing better than to serve the Lord! I hope you also can say with a happy and excited heart: