The Empty Promises of Easter

by APC on April 12, 2015

In life, we’ve all encountered one situation or another when we’ve been promised one thing and the promise never materialized. We hear gimmicks and think, “that’s too good to be true.” We’ve been jaded by the world and it’s empty promises, and we are too skeptical when it comes to receiving them.

When we look at Jesus and what He has to offer, we have a similar attitude. However, we need to remember that God has never made a promise He has not fulfilled. All He wants is to bless His children and create fulfillment in our life. In reality, sometimes God creates emptiness in our life, so that He can fill it with His promises.

During this Easter season, we may think that we’ve entered another time of empty promises. And, yes—Easter is full of empty promises. But, these empty promises are for our good.

The Empty Cross

Jesus Christ willingly faced His crucifixion for each and every one of us. He was a man without sin, but Jesus became our sin when He hung on the cross. As humans, we have all sinned and have come short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23). The wage of our din is death (Romans 6:23), but Jesus paid that debt with His life.

When we look back on the empty cross, we can gaze upon the blood stains from Jesus’s hands, feet, head, and back. We can remember that His blood blotted out every sin that was recorded against us. The empty cross is our promise that all of our sins have been washed away and that we have become as white as snow (Isaiah 1:18).

The empty cross is a reminder and a promise to us that we have a Savior who died for our sins so that we could be forgiven. Because of the cross, we have hope that we can spend eternity with Jesus in Heaven. We do not have to face a devil’s hell!

The Empty Tomb

When the women went to the tomb to see where Jesus laid, they found the tomb empty. Jesus had not stayed in the tomb, but descended into hell to take the keys back from the devil to death, hell, and the grave (Revelation 1:18). But, Jesus did not stay there—He was resurrected! Our Redeemer lives!

The empty tomb is a symbol and promise of new life. When Jesus rose, He sent the Comforter—the Holy Ghost—to live and dwell within us. It is that same spirit that will quicken our mortal bodies so we can one day rise to meet Him in the air (Romans 8:11). It is His Spirit dwelling within us that helps us rise up and walk in newness of life (Romans 6:4).

The Empty Grave Clothes

After descending to hell, Jesus spent the next 40 days with His Disciples in fellowship and provided instruction. Jesus didn’t stay in the grave, nor did He ascend to heaven immediately. He wanted to spend time with those that He loved!

The empty grave clothes are a promise to us that God will never leave or forsake us (Hebrews 13:5). Jesus wants to have a relationship with His children! This is not a once-and-done experience—it is continual; day, after day! We serve a living God who is ever-present, all-knowing, and all-powerful. Not only does He want to bless His creation, but He wants to spend time with us, instruct us, and help us grow in our Spiritual walk.

Our Promises

These “empty promises” of Easter are for every one of us today. But, these promises are to those who choose to know Jesus. Scripture tells us that Jesus stands at the door and knocks—He wants to come into our life (Revelation 3:20). This Easter, remember that we have the promise of freedom from sin, eternal life, and a relationship with Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior.

Adapted from Wednesday Night Bible Study on April 1, 2015 with Guest Speaker, Rev. Casey Pollard