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Emptiness Full of Promise

It Doesn’t take long before we have been fooled enough

 to know that the world’s promises are full of emptiness.

Three promises of God on Resurrection Sunday

1. The Empty Cross

2. The Empty Burial Cloth

3. The Empty Tomb


1. The Empty Cross

A)   The relics of Christ’ death.

B)   The thought that this was the blood of God.

C)   Those were our sins Jesus took to the cross.

D)   Our sins led Jesus to the cross.

E)   Our debt is huge


13 When you were dead in your sins and in the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made you[a] alive with Christ. He forgave us all our sins, 14 having canceled the charge of our legal indebtedness, which stood against us and condemned us; he has taken it away, nailing it to the cross.

Colossians 2:13-14


The Empty Cross Promises Forgiveness!

2. The Empty Clothes

40 Taking Jesus’ body, the two of them wrapped it, with the spices, in strips of linen. This was in accordance with Jewish burial customs.

John 19:40


The Empty Clothes Promise Faith

From John, we learn to hang in

there a little while longer!

When Sunday came, John was still present!


He bent over and looked in at the strips of linen lying there but did not go in. Then Simon Peter came along behind him and went straight into the tomb. He saw the strips of linen lying there, as well as the cloth that had been wrapped around Jesus’ head. The cloth was still lying in its place, separate from the linen.

 John 20:5-7


3 The Empty Tomb

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. Come and see the place where he lay.

Matthew 28:5-6


The Tomb is Empty Forever

He told Nicodemus,

“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life”

John 3:16

He assured the woman at the well,

14 but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”

John 4:14

He announced to the crowds,

47 Very truly I tell you, the one who believes has eternal life.

John 6:47


Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him. For we know that since Christ was raised from the dead, he cannot die again; death no longer has mastery over him. 10 The death he died, he died to sin once for all; but the life he lives, he lives to God.

Romans 6:8-10


  1. The empty cross promises forgiveness for all our sins.
  2. The empty clothes promise faith for those who stay close to God during those dark days.
  3. The empty tomb  promises forever to those who put their faith in the One who conquered death.


This Resurrection Sunday, if you haven’t received God’s promises—embraced God’s promises—I want to encourage you to do so now. Trust in God. Trust in Jesus. If I can help you figure out how to do that, just let me know! Click the pop-up anyplace on this web page and leave me a message, I'll be in touch! God bless, Mike