This year Easter falls on April 1st. Three days later is another festival known as Tomb Sweeping Day. On this day, Taiwanese will spend time returning to ancestors tombs to clean them up, make offerings of paper money, lay out fruit and drink, all to appease spirits that roam these tombs. This year I find it interesting that three days after we celebrate an empty tomb, Taiwanese will be celebrating filled tombs. Tombs that contain the spirits and bodies of their ancestors. It is a heavy burden to have to care for the spirits of these dead relatives, to make sure they have enough to live in the after life.
He was assigned a grave with the wicked,
and with the rich in his death – Isaiah 53:9
If Jesus had not risen from the tomb, possibly we would be doing the same thing, celebrating a filled tomb. Maybe we would spend more time erecting elaborate tombs to remember ourselves. Perhaps we would all make pilgrimages to see Jesus’s tomb. We don’t.
You are like whitewashed tombs, which look beautiful on the outside but on the inside are full of the bones of the dead and everything unclean. – Matthew 23:27
Jesus compared the religious leaders to tombs. Just like them, I was once dirty and unclean inside. I had filth and darkness in me. The Good News is…
Just as Jesus cleaned his tomb from the inside out. He also cleaned my tomb from the inside out.
If Taiwanese don’t know the original Tomb Sweeper, they will never experience the Joy and peace that come from being cleaned from the inside out.