KAYKAY FELLOWSHIP April 2020  Theme: The Empty Tomb – The Greatest Miracle Ministering: Dr. Biodun Sotunmbi

It is not possible to talk meaningfully about the Empty Tomb without referring

to the miraculous conception, both of which represent the inexplicable power of

God. He alone knows what is unknowable, Rom. 11:33 and does what is

undoable, Job 12:13-25. When Isaiah prophesied:

Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign;

Behold the virgin shall conceive, and bear a son,

and shall call his name Immanuel,

Isaiah 7:14

The Israelites of his day must have wondered how that would happen, as virgins

were not known to conceive naturally, then, and even now. And when, hundreds

of years after, angel Gabriel announced the news to the Virgin Mary, she was

puzzled. How could that be since she had not related to any man? Lk. 1:34. But

this child was not going to be the product man-woman relationship but of God,

vs 35-37, Mk. 1:1.

When He came into the world Jesus treated His earthly parents well but, even as

a young boy, He made it clear to them that His real Father was in heaven, Lk.

2:41-50. He was not being rude, He simply told them the truth. They were be

wildered. When He made a similar declaration, much later, in the course of His

ministry, the Jewish leaders, in envy or ignorance, treated him as an upstart or a

demon, John 8:47-48, John 5:16-17.

In his opening statement concerning the purpose of His mission on earth He

recalled Isaiah’s prophesy concerning him:

The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath

anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he

hath sent me to heal the broken hearted, to preach

deliverance to the captives, and the recovering of

sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are

bruised. To proclaim the acceptable year of the


Isaiah 61:1&2, Lk. 4:18-19

During His ministry He did not just preach and teach, He delivered and saved.

He restored hope to the hopeless, Mk. 5:46-52, Lk. 7:11-15 and, on many

occasions, made satan look foolish Lk 13:10-17, Mk 5:1-15. In one instance He

fed more than 5000 people with delicious meals, Matt 14:15-21 while, in less

than 4 years of His ministry He raised and nurtured about 100 disciples, “little

christs”, who, after His death, “turned the world upside down”, Acts 17:4-6

So it was not just His conception and birth that engendered the miraculous His

ministerial activities in Palestine confirmed His claim as son of God, John

14:11&12. But the Jewish leaders of His day saw Him as a rival, a threat to their

status and an enemy they must bring down so that they and they alone would

continue to falsely be the face of God, who had long departed from them, John


They raised false allegations against Him with sole aim of getting Him

convicted, by all means. That Pilate, the Governor, who presided over His trial

said He was innocent of the charges against him, did not impress them. They

wanted him crucified, a particularly painful form of death meant for criminals,

Matt. 27:11-25,

Must Jesus die for the sins He never committed? Yes, indeed, because it was

only the blood of the innocent that was acceptable to God for the atonement of

the sin of Adam and his descendants, Rom. 3:23-25, Rom. 5:10-11. Otherwise

man would have been forever condemned, without any hope of redemption and

reconciliation with the Father, John 3:17. Yet the deception and mindless

cruelty of the Jewish elite is in excusable.

So Jesus was crucified. He died and was buried in a tomb. As far as His enemies

were concerned that was his end. And since they had heart that He predicted His

resurrection three days after death, Mk. 10:32-34, John 2:18-19, they tried to

forestall that by posting soldiers to His tomb, Matt. 27:62-66.

In ignorance they attempted to treat the Immortal as a mortal. They failed

miserably. The Father, who sent His son on the mission of deliverance and

salvation, never abandoned His own. The angelic presence around the tomb,

now empty, testified to that. Christ had risen. Satan and his agents had been

shamed, Matt. 28:1-6.

The resurrection of Christ was a miracle of enormous dimensions. First, it was

the first and the last time ever that any person would fortell his own death and

resurrection and the prediction would come true. Secondly, the earth which

normally receives the dead, overtime converting it to “manure”, reacted

violently, in the form of an extensive earthquake, saying perharps “this

particular person is my creator-you cannot subject Him to the kind of indignity

reserved for mortals”, Matt. 28:2; John 1:1-3

The quake resulted in the opening up of the graves of the saints, who, following

the resurrection of Christ, were also raised and were seen by many people in

Jerusalem, Matt. 27:52-53, I Cor. 15:4-8.

Even though Jesus has since returned to the Father, His name and blood still

perform wonders, Acts 3:1-8, Phil. 2:9-11, I Pet. 2:24. So, the empty tomb is

indeed empty, a miracle of enormous proportions, a confirmation that the dead

in Christ even in our time, would also rise from the dead, John 14:1-3.