Sunday, April 4, 2010

Empty is the E in Easter! That's KEY!

Empty - It's a word we use often.
  • We say the car is "empty" and we don't mean no people are in it. We mean there's no gas in the tank.
  • We say the glass is "half empty" or "half full." The measure is exactly the same amount. The difference is how we look at the glass' contents.
  • We say the can of Coke is empty or our plate is empty.
  • We say someone's promises are empty meaning they don't keep their word.
  • And on and on ...............
On Easter Sunday we talk about the empty grave. There is no more significant way to say "empty"! Joseph of Arimithea gave his tomb to Jesus. That tomb stands empty to this very day.

God doesn't make empty promises! He always keeps His word! He promised the very first sinners - Adam and Eve - that He would someday send a Savior (Genesis 3:15) Long years passed. Then God sent Jesus to live and die. Jesus came and died to make a trade with us - with anyone who believes in Him. Jesus trades His perfect life (His righteousness) for all our brokenness and sin and shame!

"For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life." (John 3:16)

The cross is nothing without the empty tomb. It's the two together that make Easter! Together they make all the difference in life and death! And because God always keeps His promises those aren't empty words!

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