Each Easter the children gather to the front of the church to pick out the perfect Easter Egg. Each Easter some of the children are disappointed that the egg, instead of being filled with candy, is empty. Normally the older children know that the empty Easter Egg is a great reminder that the tomb is empty. What’s the big deal? Why is an empty anything good? It means that the grave has lost. It means that we have won.
Jesus doesn’t live on in our memories through beloved Bible stories. Jesus lives! So also our loved ones called out of this world do not live on in our memories. They live! Jesus’ exaltation is vital to our faith as the proof that his work was accomplished for us.