Promise for Today: Empty Tomb, Full Heart

Then the angel spoke to the women. “Don’t be afraid!” he said. “I know you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He isn’t here! He has been raised from the dead, just as he said would happen. Come see where his body was lying. And now, go quickly and tell his disciples he has been raised from the dead, and is going ahead of you to Galilee. You will see him there.” Matthew 28:5-7 NLT

“Then Jesus led them to Bethany, and lifting his hands to heaven, he blessed them. While he was blessing them, he left them and was taken up to heaven. They worshiped him and then returned to Jerusalem filled with great joy.” Luke 24:51-52 NLT

The empty tomb was a promise in itself. But none of Jesus’ disciples understood. When Jesus died, their hearts were empty. Their world collapsed. For three years, day and night, they ate, slept, and breathed Jesus. He was Life to them. What would they do without Jesus?

As the women approached the grave site with sad, empty hearts, they found not a body, but an empty tomb! But hearing that Jesus was alive, they left with hearts full of joy! In the days following his resurrection, Jesus appeared to over 500 joy-filled disciples (1 Corinthians 15:6).

Some still approach Easter backwards: Their lives are like tombs, filled with sadness and discouragement. And their hearts are empty, devoid of any joy or purpose. They may not know or have forgotten that Jesus came to give life. As the Resurrection and the Life, He can restore the balance. Only Jesus can change, renew and fill the heart with joy again.

He always delivers what He promises.

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    3 Responses to “Promise for Today: Empty Tomb, Full Heart”

    1. JASON FROM BORONIA VICTORIA AUSTRALIA on April 18th, 2011 9:53 pm


    2. Coralie - Queensland, Australia on April 18th, 2011 10:17 pm

      How has Jesus’ death and resurrection affected me? Each Easter, I am overwhelmed with gratitude that God would allow His only begotten Son to die a death He didn’t deserve to pay the price for each and every one on this Planet Earth. More importantly, that Jesus was willing to go to the Cross in obedience – He even said to His Heavenly Father “if this cup could pass from me, but not My Will but Yours be done” – that is true servanthood, denying HImself. This Easter, again I do thank God that the Stone has been rolled away and we are no longer entombed in our sin but forgiven and free to worship our Saviour in Spirit and in Truth.

    3. Rebecca on April 20th, 2011 8:54 am

      Thanks Jason and Coralie for your comments. Coralie, that’s Easter in a nutshell! I’m amazed by His love and grace daily–and the price He paid for us, but especially at Easter.

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