Friday, April 14, 2017

Easter, the empty tomb

Promises.  Some people thrive on broken promises and lives lived without meaning.   That is not so with our faith and with our Savior.  He fulfilled every one of the promises, the old ones and the new ones.

He lives more than three decades pressing the entire time in the same direction.  Words of life sharing love and hope in every direction possible.  Giving opportunity where there seemed to be dead ends.  Miracle after miracle at times where most left broken hearted and empty.  Not so with Jesus.

Empty.  His grave was empty just days after He was taken there.  Promises fulfilled and not empty.  But that is hard to remember when your emotions have been all over the places the last few days.

Luke 24:1-8  NLT
But very early on Sunday morning the women went to the tomb, taking the spices they had prepared. They found that the stone had been rolled away from the entrance. So they went in, but they didn’t find the body of the Lord Jesus. As they stood there puzzled, two men suddenly appeared to them, clothed in dazzling robes. The women were terrified and bowed with their faces to the ground. Then the men asked, “Why are you looking among the dead for someone who is alive? He isn’t here! He is risen from the dead! Remember what he told you back in Galilee, that the Son of Man must be betrayed into the hands of sinful men and be crucified, and that he would rise again on the third day.” Then they remembered that he had said this.

The tomb really was empty because promises were being fulfilled.  Their friend, leader and Savior was alive again just days after He had been killed.  Those same ladies and the people who followed Him would soon interact with Him once again because of the fulfilled promises of an empty tomb.

He is life.  He is love.  He is everything in between because of the promises He made where promises that He fulfilled.  And the other promises, what about them?  They are being fulfilled too.  Just wait.

This empty tomb reminds us of the power of our Savior and the weakness of our flesh.  As those people looked in the tomb they saw emptiness.  Most people live on empty. 

We don’t have to live on empty.  When God promises us life and caring and help and hope, we can remember the promise of the empty tomb.

In three days He said He would rebuild.  And He did.  From death came life.  Remember the cross?  The cross led to the tomb.  The cross was the place of death.  The tomb was the place of the end.  But the blood stained cross led to see the empty tomb that continues to lead us to remember that our leader fulfills every promise.  He continues to give us life and hope.

The empty tomb is reminder that our hope is in the right place, and all those promises will be fulfilled.

May our faith be fueled by the forever promise found in our Savior Jesus’ empty tomb.

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