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About the Empty Tomb card


I got the idea for this card by walking in a cemetery. I love cemeteries because they are so green—all the death is under the surface.

The death in my heart is under the surface too. My 
deepest motives are too rotten to acknowlege most of the time. I kind of like it that way—I like to keep a lid on things. But God doesn’t.

The Bible says that the Spirit of God searches our hearts and intercedes with groanings too deep for words.* He starts rummaging around and shining the light in there. It’s uncomfortable. I don’t like it. I tell Him to get lost and drift into the grayness of a life I think I can control. That turns out to be worse. What I keep finding out over and over is that life without Christ is a living death.

Everyone knows that physical death is awful. But physical death is only the final result of the spiritual death we walk around in all the time. Spiritual death is just harder to see.

The black tomb shape can be read either as Jesus’ tomb or a grave stone. Either way, the power of death was broken by the Resurrection. The stars indicate glory. They are woefully inadequate in representing what actually took place in Jesus’ tomb and in our lives. But it’s the best I can do for now, anyway.

He delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of His beloved Son…** It’s been 36 years since I first gave my life to Christ, and I still don’t really understand it. But I know from experience that the more I cling to Him and turn away from the sins that I love, the more whole I become.

I pray that you will discover more of His wholeness and that that wholeness would lead to a stronger hope within you.

Waiting with you for that day when He wipes away the rest of the darkness,

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