Every year, thousands of people climb a mountain in the Italian Alps, passing the "stations of the cross" to stand at an outdoor crucifix. One tourist noticed a little trail that led beyond the cross. He fought thorugh the rough thicket and-to his surprise-came upon another shrine, a shrine that symbolized the Empty Tomb of Jesus Christ. It was neglected and run down. The brush had grown up around it. Almost everyone had gone as far as the cross, but there they had stopped.
Far too many people have gotten to the cross and have known the death and heartbreak the seems to be there. But far fewer have moved beyond the cross to find the real message of Easter. He is risen! He is risen indeed! That is the rest of the story.
Taken from "The Grapevine"-Pastor Mike Coppersmith lead pastor of Our Savior's Community Church in Palm Springs, California.