The Weekly Word: Empty lives still need the Empty Tomb
By Pastor Paul & Dixie Phillips, Gospel Lighthouse Church, Floyd
Easter is a time to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ. It is a day to remember His redemptive work on the cross.
Jesus’ resurrection is the big difference between Christianity and any other religion. Other religious leaders died and are buried in a grave, but there are “no bones” in Jesus’ tomb. His tomb is empty.
Can you imagine what Mary Magdalene and the other Mary must have felt when they arrived at Jesus’ tomb and found it empty?
But the angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here; He has risen, just as He said! (Matthew 28:5,6 NIV)
The good news of Jesus Christ never gets old. If we will receive what Jesus’ death, burial, and resurrection means for our lives, we will be the first to testify, “I see nothing inside His tomb, but I found everything my heart has longed for.”
Our hearts can be full of hope, because His tomb is empty.
But His empty tomb is far from empty. It is full of the blessed hope. The mercy of the Savior still rises up and overflows into the souls of those who will accept Him. All the saved by grace will be the first to share that every inch of that empty tomb is full of life.
There’s no shortage of forgiveness and no limit of His kindness. Without His resurrection, our sins couldn’t be forgiven, and we couldn’t experience salvation.
The Bible puts it this way:
And if Christ has not been raised, then all our preaching is useless, and your faith is useless.
— 1 Corinthians 15:14 NLT
Do you know the resurrected Jesus? Our lives are empty without Him. Easter is the perfect time to come to faith in Him and receive His love, salvation, and eternal life.
Empty lives still need the empty tomb. You can always trust the Savior, who died and rose again for you.
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Pastor Paul and Dixie Phillips have been honored to serve the Gospel Lighthouse Church, 205 Madison Street, in Floyd, since 1981. Sunday school is at 9:30 a.m., and worship services are at 10:30 a.m. To find out more about the church and ministry go to www.floydslighthouse.com.