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April 20, 2014 | The Empty Promises of Easter
Dr. Burnie R. Burnside
Luke 24:1-12 & Philippians 2:5-11
The world’s promises are full of emptiness. How many people have tossed aside a wonderful promise, because they didn’t understand it, or they didn’t believe that it was possible.
But, God is different. God never made a promise that was too good to be true. Instead of promises full of emptiness, on Easter, God gave us emptiness that is full of promise. There are three of them. Each promise is marked by something empty. It is the very fact that each of these is empty that assures us that God’s promises are real.
The Empty Cross.
Because the cross was empty, we have the promise of forgiven sins.
The promise of the empty cross is that you and I can stand before God forgiven.
On that cross Jesus paid the penalty for our sins.
"We have all sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.”
Here is the problem – according to God’s law - “the wages of sin is death.”
God’s Word says; “The soul that sins will surely die.”
Because, we have sinned, we deserve God’s just punishment. We deserve “eternal death” – Hell.
“God demonstrated His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, CHRIST DIED FOR US!”
The Bible tells us that “there is no other name given under heaven by which we can be saved.”
The Empty Tomb.
The Angel proclaimed: “Do not be afraid; for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who has been crucified. He is not here; He has risen!”
The empty tomb is the truth of the resurrection of Jesus Christ and the promise to every one that accepts Jesus Christ as personal Savior we will also be raised to eternal life.
The Empty Burial Clothes.
That is the promise of the empty burial clothes – Jesus is alive, and wants to fellowship with you.
The cross couldn’t hold him, the tomb couldn’t contain him, the burial clothes were unnecessary, because Jesus is alive!
Jesus Christ says; “Behold, I stand at the door and knock; if anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and will dine with him, and he with Me.”
* Off in the distance stood an empty cross – the promise that their sins could now be forgiven.
* At the end of their journey was an empty tomb – the promise of their eternal life.
* Inside the tomb were empty burial clothes. The promise that they would once again have a close personal relationship with Jesus Christ – their living Savior.
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