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Dear friends and Carmelites,

A story is told of little Philip, who was born with Down’s syn-drome. He attended a third-grade Sunday School class with several eight-year-old boys and girls. Typical of that age, the children did not readily accept Philip with his differences. But because of a creative teacher, they began to care about Phi-lip and accept him as part of the group, though not fully.

The Sunday after Easter the teacher brought Leggs panty-hose containers, those that look like large eggs. Each recei-ving one, the children were told to go outside on that lovely spring day, find some symbol for new life, and put it in the egg-like container. After running about the church property in wild confusion, the students returned to the classroom and placed the containers on the table.

Surrounded by the children, the teacher began to open them one by one. After opening each one, whether a flower, butter-fly, or leaf, the class would ooh and ahh. Then one was open-ed, revealing nothing inside. The children exclaimed, “That’s stupid. That’s not fair. Somebody didn’t do their assignment.” Philip spoke up, “That’s mine.” “Philip, you don’t ever do things right!” the student retorted. “There’s nothing there!” “I did so do it,” Philip insisted. “I did do it. It’s empty. The tomb was empty!” Silence followed. From then on Philip became a full member of the class.

He died not long afterward from an infection most normal children would have shrugged off. At the funeral this class of eight-year-olds marched up to the altar not with flowers, but with their Sunday school teacher, each to lay on it an empty pantyhose egg.

“The tomb was empty!” Mary Magdalene made a similar cry to Christ’s disciples after going to the tomb on the first Easter dawn. “They have taken away the Lord out of the tomb, and we do not know where they have laid Him” (John 20:2).

The empty tomb is the cornerstone of Christian belief, as said by someone that Christianity stands or falls on the empty tomb. Several theories and suggestions regarding the empty tomb were propounded. One is that the disciples stole the body and hid it somewhere to claim Jesus’ resurrection. Ano-ther suggests that Jesus didn’t die but was in coma, and He regained consciousness and walked out of the tomb. These, and others, didn’t measure up to the test of history.

The angels offered the most astounding but concrete expla-nation: “Why do you seek the living among the dead? [Jesus] is not here, but is risen!” (Luke 24:5-6).

Passionately,

Pastor Peter

An empty grave is there to prove my Saviour lives.

                                                                William Gaither

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亲爱的朋友和迦密会友们:

有一个故事是关于一患有位有唐氏综合症的小孩菲利普。他与其他八岁的男孩女孩一起参加三年级的主日学课。在那个年纪的孩子,很普遍都不太能接受菲利普跟他们的分别。但因着一个有创意的老师,他们开始去关怀菲利普并接受他为一分子,虽然并不是完全的接受。

在复活节之后的星期天,那老师带了一些像大蛋的容器回来。每一个小孩拿到一个,然后就在那美好的春天让他们出去,要他们找寻新生命的证明,并把它放到那像蛋的容器里。他们在教会会堂附近到处冲撞之后,就回到课室里,把容器放在桌子上。

老师在小孩围观下把容器逐个打开。无论开出来的是花、蝴蝶、或是树叶,整班小孩们都会发出惊叹的声音。之后又打开了一个,却发现里面什么都没有。孩子们就大叫说:“那太愚笨了,完全不公平,有人没有做好他的功课。”菲利普就发声说:“那是我的。”“菲利普,你从来没有把事情做对过!”小孩们反驳。“那里根本没有东西!”“我当然是有做,”菲利普坚持说。“我绝对有做好。那是空的,那坟墓是空的!”接着是静默一片。由那时开始菲利普就成为班上完全的一分子。

他在不久以后就因着一个很普通的细菌感染而去世。在他的丧礼,这班八岁的小孩子与他们的老师排队献上的,不是鲜花,而是一个个空的蛋形容器。

“那坟墓是空的!”当抹大拉玛利亚在第一个复活节跑到主的坟墓后,也向主的门徒发出同样的叫喊,“有人把主从坟墓里挪了去,我们不知道放在哪里。”(约翰福音20:2)

那空坟墓是基督徒信心的基石,就如有人说基督教兴衰存亡全靠着那空坟墓。对于那空坟墓不同人有着不同的理论。有一个说法是主的门徒偷走了主的身体,藏在某个地方,并讲说主已复活。另外一个说法是耶稣没有死去,只是昏迷了,然后他恢复了意识,从坟墓里走出来。这些,还有其他的,都不能通过历史的验证。

那天使给予了最震惊但最实在的解释:“为什么在死人中找活人呢?他不在这里,已经复活了。”(路加福音24:5-6)

那空坟墓是证明我的救主活着。- 威廉盖瑟