A lot of times we think of the word ’empty’ in a negative light. But when does emptiness become a good thing? Our celebration of Jesus’ resurrection – and the empty tomb – sheds some important light on that.
My message this past Easter weekend at Eastbrook Church was an exploration of the meaning of “Empty” in light of the resurrection. I walked through John 20:1-31, with reference to a few different passages along the way.
You can view a video of the message and the accompanying outline below. You can listen to the message via our audio podcast here.
Empty: Death Defied
“They still did not understand from Scripture that Jesus had to rise from the dead.” (John 20:9)
Empty: Ache’s Absence
“Woman, why are you crying? Who is it you are looking for?” (John 20:15)
Empty: The Past Surpassed
“Jesus came and stood among them and said, ‘Peace be with you!’” (John 20:19)
Empty: Questions Quelled
“Then he said to Thomas, ‘Put your finger here; see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it into my side. Stop doubting and believe.’” (John 20:27)
Empty: Leaning into Life
“These are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.” (John 20:31)