Stillness at the Tomb

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There is a stillness at the tomb of George Washington; a reverence really.  Each time I have stood before it, I have been struck by the fact that in that white crypt right in front of me is George Washington!

I’ve noticed that I’m not the only one who is quiet at this spot, others are as well.  This is as close as we can ever be to one of the greatest men who has ever walked the planet, the man who the historians call the Indispensable Man. Without George Washington, it is highly unlikely that there would be a United States…

This is quite unlike another tomb I have visited.  That other tomb fills one with a sense of awe, wonder and joy, but not particularly a sense of nearness.  There is a very good reason for the difference, because unlike the tomb of George Washington, that other tomb, located in Jerusalem, is empty. No tomb could ever hold the remains of Jesus Christ, for He burst forth from the tomb and arose from the dead.  While Washington rests until the great day comes, Jesus Christ sits in glory at the Father’s right hand, ruling the universe.

And He rules my life as well…

George Washington deserves our respect, and we rightly pay him honor, but the Lord Jesus Christ deserves our obedience, praise and humble service.  Washington established a Nation, Jesus gives eternal life. I am confident that I give no disrespect to the memory of Washington when I say that the One who was  truly indispensable is Jesus Christ!

About Don Merritt

A long time teacher and writer, Don hopes to share his varied life's experiences in a different way with a Christian perspective.
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8 Responses to Stillness at the Tomb

  1. kdmanes says:

    I just read a quote from Beth Moore: “The power of the resurrection means that nothing but the tomb is meant to be empty.” Thanks for your timely post. Have a great weekend!

  2. Such well thought out and neatly crafted words above. You are so right. If Jesus’ tomb wasn’t empty, and He didn’t rise from the grave, then what would be the point of all this? He wouldn’t be God and there would be no victory over death. I am so thankful that “Because He lives, I can face tomorrow…Because He lives, all fear is gone……Life is worth the living just because He lives!”
    Great post today.

  3. nrichmyleads says:

    I find it interesting that reverence and tombs seem to often be linked in this world. It seems that we choose to render awe only after a life is accomplished. Perhaps this is just as only staying faithful to what you believe for a lifetime makes an impression. We see reverence at the tomb of the unknown soldier, the memorials to the vets of WWII and Vietnam and the victims of the twin towers of the world trade center. There are many stories built around the regret some have that they never gave honor to those they lived with or worked around until it was too late to express it to those people so that they could accept our compliment. There has been at least one or two times that I remember in my short lifetime campaigns urging us to remember to tell those you love that you love them or to give them a hug when the opportunity comes along to do so. Living your life in such a way that those we share loving bonds with are aware that we love them is perhaps a goal too few set for themselves. Perhaps it is something we take for granted, but I don’t remember ever being offended when someone expresses appreciation to me for my being a part of their lives. Yes Jesus and George have very honored places in any Christian Americans life, and Jesus by all counts deserves the position of greater honor as the founding of a family of believers, the church, is in magnitude greater than founding a country where that church could grow and achieve greater influence than has been the norm of non state legislated entities. We have much to be thankful for to be alive in this day and time, and to be living where we can give honor to both men as well as many others that have in some way given that ultimate sacrifice that our freedom can be enjoyed and defended from threats within and without. Death is the end of a mortal life, it gives us, when confronted with it, reason to pause to consider how we are living our lives today. God has given us something that presents us everything that pertains unto life and Godliness, I pray we take note and consider what is written so that when our time to stand before the throne of grace, we hear well done my good and faithful child and not what were you thinking? Selah.

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