Running On Empty
Alex Enabnit – Research Editor
Happy Easter! Christ is risen!
This weekend we celebrated Easter and began a new series entitled, “Mobilize,” which will culminate in two weeks when we serve the schools in our community (you’ll be hearing more about that next week). This week, we pondered the idea of emptiness.
Generally, “emptiness” is thought of as a universally bad thing. Whether an empty gas tank, empty refrigerator, or empty bank account, we generally don’t want emptiness. This is multiplied when the emptiness refers to anything inside of us – when we feel empty. The world offers all kinds of solutions to this, of course. Do this, buy that, but in the end, they all end up being empty promises. Fortunately, instead of promises full of emptiness, Easter is about an emptiness full of promise
The disciples and the women in Luke 24 were experiencing that horrible empty feeling when Jesus was crucified and died on a cross. The man who they believed and trusted in and followed for years was brutally murdered. There was no coming back from that! It was hopeless. Until the women went to the tomb and found that it was empty! Jesus came back to life. There was hope for them and there is hope for us! The empty tomb changes everything. Because Jesus rose from the dead and overcame death for us, we no longer have to fear death if we let Him into our lives.
The empty tomb should always lead to an empty chair – The fact that Jesus rose from the dead should illicit a response from all of us. That may mean making a decision to follow Jesus for the first time. That may also mean actually getting out of our chairs and living out the decision that we have already made to follow Jesus. Either way, we’ve all got something to do! And that’s what “Mobilize” is all about; getting out of our chairs and serving the schools in the community, being the hands and feet of Jesus. If you want to find out more about this, click here. It’s going to be huge! Come back next week as we’ll be talking all about it.
Verses and quotes from the sermon:
John 1:14; Philippians 2:6-7; Luke 23:50-54; Luke 24:1-12; 1 Corinthians 15:20-23; Romans 8:11
“People may spend their whole lives climbing the ladder of success only to find, once they reach the top, that the ladder is leaning against the wrong wall.” Thomas Merton
“If I find in myself desires which nothing in this world can satisfy, the only logical explanation is that I was made for another world.” C. S. Lewis
You Make Me Brave – Bethel Music
This is Living – Hillsong Music
What a Beautiful Name – Hillsong Music
Forever – Bethel Music
Called Me Higher – Leslie Jordan
Resurrecting – Elevation Worship