The entire narrative of Jesus' empty tomb and resurrection from the dead is written in order to give weight and truthfulness to the resurrection of Jesus. After all, John's entire purpose in writing is so that we believe. For this reason, John makes it emphatically clear that Jesus died a real death. Then John gives multiple details that make clear Jesus was buried in a real grave. With that, John turns toward elaborating on the countless witnesses that saw the empty tomb and the resurrected body of Jesus. Summarily, Jesus died a real death, was buried in a real grave, and his was a real resurrection.
It's Still Empty
Easter Sunday Message
April 4, 2021 • Dr. Lance D. Watson • John 20: 1-10 (NLT)