“Ye seek Jesus of Nazareth which was crucified; he is risen; he is not here: behold the place where they laid him.” - Mark 16:6
“O Death where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?” -1 Corinthians 15:55
Story Behind the Art
This empty tomb stands as a silent witness of the living reality of the Savior, and of the Father’s infinite love for the world in giving us the gift of His Son. The open door testifies that Jesus Christ has opened the way for us to conquer death, be cleansed from sin, and rise above every heartache, loss and pain that we experience in mortality. Because of Him there is no wrong which cannot be made right, no broken heart which cannot be healed, no stain which cannot be purified.
This painting holds special significance to me. My wife and I came to the Garden Tomb on the last day of a stay in Jerusalem. Although we had previously visited the tomb, we wanted to return one last time before returning home. We happened to arrive at a time of day when the garden surrounding the empty tomb was not open for visitors, but a caretaker saw us and was kind to let us in and allowed us to stay as long as we desired. For quite some time, we were alone in this sacred place. We reflected on what the walls of the tomb and the ground beneath our feet would tell us if they could speak. This painting captures the scene before us as we sat together that memorable day and felt the the Spirit testify to our hearts that Jesus Christ suffered, died and rose again that we might be made whole. - Mark Eastmond