The Cross and the Empty TombStuart Jones Jesus said, “Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” (John 15:13) Jesus gave His life not just for His friends, but for all of mankind. The cross changes everything. His death was horrible and ugly and torturous, yet the cross is beautiful because Jesus rose from the dead and left the tomb empty. The empty tomb gives us hope, the realization our sins are forgiven and an eternity to spend in heaven. This Easter, let us give thanks for the cross and the empty tomb.