In our world we’re taught; “If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.” Many have been taken in by the world’s empty promises and are leery of anything or anyone that says we can have something for nothing.
We watch TV, and the advertisements tell us that we can be happy, rich, or famous if we only purchase a certain product. So, it doesn’t take long before we realize the world’s promises are empty, because my hair hasn’t grown back in.
But God’s promises are different. God’s promises always come true. The Apostle Paul said all the promises in Christ Jesus are yes and true (2 Corinthians 1:20).
And on Easter, or better yet, Resurrection Sunday, God gave us emptiness that is full of promise.
It began with the empty cross.
The empty cross is a reminder of God’s promise that we’ve been forgiven. On the cross, Jesus paid the penalty for our sins. God’s word says, “God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us!” (Romans 5:8)
But Jesus was taken down from the cross, and so it is empty, He’s paid the price.
Next comes the empty tomb.
The truth of the empty tomb is the resurrection of Jesus Christ and the promise that we’ll be raised to eternal life.
Jesus said, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live. And whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die.” (John 11:25-26)
And finally, there are the empty grave clothes.
The empty grave clothes mean that Jesus is alive and desires to have fellowship with us. His desire is to have a personal relationship with each of us.
And so, the emptiness of Easter, Resurrection Day, reveals that the cross couldn’t hold Him, so our sins can be forgiven. The tomb couldn’t contain Him, so we can have eternal life. And the burial clothes are no longer bound around Him, so we can have a relationship with our Savior and Lord.
Give this message to those you know, it’s the promise of new, abundant, and eternal life, which is what we all are looking for.
Come this Sunday, Palm Sunday, for a special message, “A Resurrected Greeting,” as we also look at the evidence for the empty tomb and the resurrection of Jesus. And then on Resurrection Sunday we’ll be looking at “The Resurrection Difference.”
Dennis Lee is the Senior Pastor of Living Waters Fellowship located at 211 West First South, Mesquite, NV., behind ACE Hardware.
Wednesday Evening Men’s and Women’s Bible Studies begins at 6 p.m. The Women’s Bible Study is looking at the letters of John, and the Men’s Bible study is looking at the Life of David.
Our Sunday morning 10 a.m. service and our Sunday evening 6 p.m. service can be watched on our YouTube Channel “Mesquite NV Living Waters Fellowship.”
May the Lord bless you, and we look forward to seeing you.
2 thoughts on “The Promise of Emptiness”
Love this! In that last paragraph, I am reminded of part of the words to the worship song, “Glorious Day”:
“One day the grave could conceal Him no longer
One day the stone rolled away from the door
Then He arose, over death He had conquered
Now is ascended, my Lord evermore
Death could not hold Him, the grave could not keep Him
From rising again”
And as far as the empty grave grave clothes meaning that Jesus is alive and desires that relationship with us, I am reminded that the “grave clothes” we need to be emptied of sometimes, even after we have been saved, are those things in our lives that we still allow to hold us in bondage. When we allow Jesus to remove our “grave clothes”, He will free us up to live that abundant life He has called us to live in Him.
Thank you Debbie. The resurrection of Jesus truly was a glorious day. God bless