God’s promises to us fulfilled
We make them and we receive them. Some are not worth the paper they are written on, while others you can take straight to the bank.
The celebration of Easter, the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus Christ, is about the fulfillment of God’s promise of eternal life for believers. That’s the foundation of our Christian faith, and it was enabled by a series of emptiness that allows us to walk victoriously in the fullness and surety of God’s promises.
The empty cross
Jesus’ birth and death was part of God’s master plan of salvation for the world. Arrested on a Thursday, Jesus was vilified, stripped to his undergarments, spat on and nailed to the cross the next day—Good Friday. He took with Him all our sins, sicknesses, diseases, griefs and sorrows, and confirmed their cancellation with three words: “It is finished.”
When Jesus’ body was taken off the cross and wrapped in linen for burial (Matthew 27: 57-59), another piece of God’s master plan slid perfectly into place. The empty cross became an enduring symbol of hope and grace, and was followed by another emptiness.
The empty tomb
With Jesus’s death, Satan thought he had won, and every effort was made to thwart God’s plan. A huge rock was rolled to the front of the tomb, a seal placed on the rock and a guard posted at the entrance.
But the grave could not hold Jesus. On the third day, known today as Resurrection or Easter Sunday, a visiting Mary Magdalene found an empty tomb along with the strips of linen used to wrap Jesus’s body. (John 20:1-7)
As Mary stood outside the tomb crying, Jesus appeared to her and asked “Woman, why are you crying?”
No need for tears. The final piece of God’s master plan is in place. Jesus Christ is alive and the same resurrection power that brought Jesus from the dead lives within in us. “Because I live, you too shall live,” Jesus said in John 14:19.
From emptiness, God has bestowed on us promises of fullness. Promises that are “Yes” and “Amen.
“For all of God’s promises have been fulfilled in Christ with a resounding “Yes!” And through Christ, our “Amen” ascends to God for His glory” (2 Corinthians 1:20).
Have a Happy and Holy Easter!
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