Sunday morning 4-24-2011 Easter Service

Posted by Sherry

THE EMPTY PROMISES OF EASTER

LUKE 24:1-12

CBC 4/24/11 SM (EASTER)

Tomb, You shall not hold Him longer,

Death is strong, but life is stronger

Stronger than the dark, the light;

Stronger than the wrong, the right;

Faith and hope triumphant say; Christ will rise on Easter Day.


While the patient earth lies waiting

Till the morning shall be breaking

Shuddering beneath the burden dread

Of her Master, cold and dead,

Hark! she hears the angels say; Christ will rise on Easter Day.


And when sunrise smites the mountains

Pouring light from heavenly fountains

Then the earth blooms out to greet

Once again the blessed feet;

And her countless voices say; Christ has risen on Easter Day.

(Author: Phillips Brooks)

ILL: Young man in wealthy neighborhood/graduating/everybody gets a car/went shopping w/ Dad & found perfect car/upon graduation Dad gave him a gift wrapped Bible/young man stormed out of the house & never came back/when Dad died young man came back 2 C what he had inherited/going through stuff he came across that Bible/brushed the dust from it & opened it, only to find a cashier check dated when he graduated for the amount of that car they had found

HOW MANY HAVE TOSSED ASIDE A WONDERFUL PROMISE FROM GOD ONLY B/C THEY DIDN’T UNDERSTAND IT?

  • if it’s too good to be true it probably isn’t
    • so many have been taken by EMPTY PROMISES
    • God never made a promise that’s too good to be true
    • World is full of empty promises

ON EASTER GOD GAVE US PROMISES THAT ARE FULL OF EMPTINESS

FIRST: THE EMPTY CROSS

  • empty cross seals the promise of forgiveness of sins
    • as women make their way Easter morning to the tomb off in the distance they see
    • sunrise & silhouette of 3 crosses on golgatha
    • yesterday was Sabbath so nobody had removed them
    • an empty reminder of the horror of Friday
    • @ the top of the middle cross are bloodstains from crown of thorns
    • main beam soaked in blood from a back that was beaten w/ cat of nine tails whip
    • bodily debris was stuck to the side of it where the Soldier had pierced him with a spear
    • blood stains are on each end of the cross bar where Jesus’ hands were nailed with spikes
    • & people say, “He was just faking death”, duh
    • He was DEAD
      • soldiers knew it
      • Roman Gov’t knew it
      • Jewish leaders knew it
      • His family knew it
    • a lie was made up that the disciples stole the body
      • 11 guys (fishermen, physician, tax collector, etc.) overpower a company of elite Roman soldiers, move a 2 ton stone, then claim Jesus came back to life & then willingly die a martryrs death to protect the lie
      • QUOTE: Kid in Home Alone, “I DON’T THINK SO”
    • cross is empty of Jesus’ body, but full of God’s promises
      • our sins - forgiven
      • we all have them
      • just one separates us from God
      • just one keeps us out of heaven
      • just one condemns us to hell

SECOND: THE EMPTY TOMB

  • Ladies get passed the cross & come close to the tomb
    • who will move the stone for us?
    • earth moves
    • soldiers are all unconscious
    • stone has been moved
    • an angel, glowing like lightening is sitting on it
    • “Don’t be afraid, I know ur looking for Jesus who has been crucified. He is not here; He has risen!
    • He’s Alive!

ILL: Phillip never felt like he belonged/8yr old who looked a bit different/SS class assignment was to fill an empty plastic egg w/ a symbol of Easter/flower/butterfly/green grass/rock/Phillip’s egg contained “nothing”/stupid the kids said/Phillip said, “the tomb was EMPTY/Phillip was accepted after that/Phillip had a weak immune system, caught a virus & died/in his casket the kids put eggs w/ symbols of the resurrection/one egg of course was “empty” b/c they knew Phillip would be resurrected like Jesus

    • empty tomb God’s way of showing us He has taken away the sting of death
    • promise to us is we can live, even if we die

THIRD: PROMISE OF THE EMPTY BURIAL CLOTHES

  • Women report back to Disciples what they have witnessed
    • Peter & John run to the tomb
    • Peter found clothes Jesus was buried in
    • they were empty, folded neatly and laid aside
    • Jesus would soon appear to the Disciples & others
      • sat down with them
      • walked with them
      • talked with them
      • eat with them
    • promise of empty grave clothes is Jesus want to fellowship with us
    • He wants a personal relationship with us
    • cross couldn’t hold Him
    • grave couldn’t contain Him
    • burial clothes were unnecessary

CONCLUSION

  • Do You Know Him?
    • not, “do u just know about HIm”
    • no about Tiger Woods, President Obama, Hillary Clinton, but don’t know them
  • We can know Jesus
    • his love
    • his care
    • his healing
    • his forgiveness
    • his voice, “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”
  • empty things with promise
    • cross - forgiveness of sin
    • tomb - eternal life
    • burial clothes - personal relationship w/ Jesus

INVITATION W/ PROMISE: Ro 10:13 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.

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