I am so grateful for an empty tomb.
Without an empty tomb Jesus would just be another good man who died a martyr's death. There would be no resurrection, no victory over sin and death, no hope for eternal life, and no reason to follow Him.
That Jesus is more than just a historical figure, more than a good man, more than a martyr, is critical to the Christian faith. Because without the resurrection, we have no more reason to believe, no more reason to hope, than the person who decides to put their faith in a stone.
It is the resurrection that gives hope, gives power, gives life. The joy that His disciples, His friends, His mother and siblings would have felt at knowing He is Alive can be ours today. Because, He is Alive!