Thursday, April 2, 2015

Empty promises

"After the Sabbath, at dawn on the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to look at the tomb. There was a violent earthquake, for an angel of the Lord came down from heaven and, going to the tomb, rolled back the stone and sat on it. His appearance was like lightning, and his clothes were white as snow. The guards were so afraid of him that they shook and became like dead men. 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 28:1-6

An empty promise is defined as: A promise that is either not going to be carried out, worthless or meaningless. This world is full of these types of promises. People are forever making promises they can't or won't keep and advertisers make promises their products can never fulfill. With all the meaningless vows we hear daily, how wonderful it is to know that God never made an empty promise. But He did promise an empty tomb!

In Mark 10:33-34, Jesus said, "Behold, we are going up to Jerusalem, and the Son of Man will be delivered to the chief priests and the scribes; and they will condemn Him to death and will hand Him over to the Gentiles. They will mock Him and spit on Him, and scourge Him and kill Him, and three days later He will rise again." Without a doubt, that was the most important promise ever made. You see, without the resurrection we would still be dead in our sins. And without the crucifixion, there would be no resurrection. Christ died so that we might live! 

Praise God the tomb was empty but the promise was not! It was fulfilled on the third day and proclaimed to the nations when the angel said, "He is not here; he has risen, just as he said." He has risen indeed!

Heavenly Father, thank You for the miracle of Easter. Thank You for sending your Son to die on the cross for our sins. Thank You for the eternal life that sacrifice offered to all those that believe. May we be filled with joy that the promise of an empty tomb was not an empty promise. It was your way of saving the world. For that, we love You! We praise You! And we thank you Lord. It's in your precious name we pray, Jesus. Amen. 

Happy Running!!!

He's alive - Don Francisco