“The empty tomb is a promise that God will never leave His redemptive work half done.” Paul David Tripp
The empty tomb can only be possible because there was a death. We can only live the resurrection, abundant life, in Christ with our own death, dying to self.
“If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself, take up his cross daily, and follow me.” Luke 9:23
Notice the verse in Luke says take up your cross DAILY. This faith walk, this sanctification journey, will lead us home. It’s not a one stop kind of trip. We will have ups and downs and heartache and mountaintops and it all serves to remind us that this world is not our home.
Denying ourself, surrender – over and over again – is the path. Resurrection life is the promise we have. Eternal life is our destination. Because of Jesus and only through Jesus.