Always Hope

One of the greatest things to see in Jerusalem is the empty tomb of Jesus Christ.  Of all the different religious figures in human history, only Jesus foretold His own suffering, death and resurrection.  The apostles and disciples wrote what is contained in the Bible that Jesus said that three days later He would rise from the dead.  And sure enough that is precisely what happened.   He is the only one who lives eternally.  All the others are dead in the ground.

Many people deny that Jesus rose from the dead.  Just as in the beginning, if we can deny that Jesus rose from the dead, we will not have to take Him seriously.  We can ignore Him and His teachings.  We can sin.  But then you do not have hope to live forever after death.

Noli_me_tangere_-_Mengs“Saying Sir, we have remembered that that seducer said, while he was yet alive: after three days I will rise again.  Command therefore the sepulchre to be guarded until the third day: lest perhaps his disciples come an steal him away, and say to the people: he is risen from the dead: and the last error shall be worse than the first.”  St. Matthew 27: 63-64.themass-altar1

When ever we traditional catholics are discouraged, all we need to do is run through scriptures to see that it is true that Jesus was dead, dead, dead and came back to life, life, life.  The apostles all experienced it personally and as I said before, and could not deny their powerful experience.  They proved what they saw to be true, by each one of them being tortured to death for preaching Jesus Christ crucified and Jesus who came back from the dead.  Who would be so stupid as to be tortured to death for a lie.  This Jesus is with us today to help us and protect us and His church.  But like the apostles and disciples, we will suffer for truth too.  But we win with Jesus in the end for all eternity.  We loose in this life to gain forever in Heaven.images 5

Look at what is written in the Bible.  Why?  Because reading these accounts it is impossible to not believe.  And once you believe you can relax, knowing nothing can overcome the power of the resurrection.  No matter what is said or done by anyone, the tomb of Jesus is and always will be empty, empty, empty.