The Empty Tomb, Luke 24:1-12
“Very early in the morning on the first day of the week, the women went to the tomb, bringing the fragrant spices they had prepared. They found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they went in, they didn’t find the body of the Lord Jesus. They didn’t know what to make of this.”
I think that the idea of “empty” gets a bad rap. You don’t want to be the person who sees the glass as half empty, you don’t want your life to be described as empty, and you certainly want to avoid ever feeling empty.
It’s not new, this understanding of empty to be a bad thing. When these women, these first disciples of Jesus, go to the tomb and find it empty, “They didn’t know what to make of this.” At first, the empty tomb is a sign that more has gone wrong. The disciples assume at first that Jesus’s body has been moved. The great potential, the beautiful promise of this empty tomb is initially lost on them.
There are certainly times in our lives that emptiness comes with sadness, but emptiness also can come with great opportunity. I think about seeing an empty house right before a new family moves in. This empty house is about to become a home for someone, and there is endless potential for what it can transform into. I think about looking at an empty cabinet after I’ve spent a day working to clean out. I think about the stillness of an empty mind with a deep breath at the beginning of a week, steadying myself for my work and my family.
This week began with Palm Sunday, remembering Jesus entering into Jerusalem just before his trial and crucifixtion. Throughout the week at church, we will remember the dark times, the tremendously difficult days that came before the first Easter, before the empty tomb. These services of remembrance ask us to reflect on the cycle of life– darkness followed by resurrection, despair followed by rejoicing.
Early this week, I took some time away to try out a recipe I’ve seen making the rounds on social media: The Empty Tomb Roll. You wrap fluffy dough around a cinnamon dusted marshmallow to make a sweet treat with an empty center. I loved the idea of this treat: a reminder of the emptiness of the tomb but with the sweetness that helps us remember that that emptiness was the great miracle. Please enjoy the recipe I used below, and may you all have a blessed week leading up to Easter.
Empty Tomb Sweet Rolls
2 cans crescent rolls
1/2 Cup of Sugar
1 Tablespoon Cinnamon
1 stick of butter, melted
1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a muffin tin with cooking spray. Melt butter in a shallow dish. Combine sugar and cinnamon in a separate shallow dish.
2. Roll marshmallow in melted butter, then in cinnamon & sugar mixture.
3. Wrap the marshmallow in a crescent roll. Roll the dough in butter and then the sugar mixture.
4. Place the roll seam side down in the muffin tin. Bake at 350 degrees for about 14-15 minutes.