Sunday, April 12, 2009

LACED WITH GRACE...the feeling of empty

Today I join Iris over at LACED WITH GRACE as the LWG writing team celebrates our risen Lord on this Easter Sunday. Come and celebrate with us!


HAVE YOU EVER EXPERIENCED THE FEELING OF EMPTY?

You know, like when you are drinking a tall glass of sweet iced tea on a hot summer day and all of a sudden you find your glass empty... Do you thirst for more?

How far can you get when you are driving down the country road and your gas tank is running on empty...Do you look for a quick fill up?

What happens when the bank calls you up and informs you that your bank account has become empty...Do you look for ways to transfer funds?

The feeling of "empty" almost always requires an action.

Webster defines the word "empty" as the following: "Having no occupants or inhabitants, vacant"

This is exactly what describes the tomb that Jesus Christ was laid in after His crucifixion. After His death on the cross at Calvary, Jesus was laid inside the tomb. But three days later, it was discovered that the grave could not hold Him. The tomb was EMPTY! Only the grave clothes were left behind.

What an amazing feeling of what "empty" must feel like. What a feeling of wonder! of rejoicing! of triumph!

It is because of His great love for us, and the power of God living in us, that we too will one day be caught up with Him in the air.

"After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever" (1 Thessalonians 4: 17).

May we always remember the victory that the empty tomb represents. And when our spirit becomes thirsty ... may we quench for more of Him! When our bodies and spirit run on empty ... may He fill us up with His power and strength! Finally, let us remember that when our account seems to become drained...He has already made a great deposit in us with His love and forgiveness.

Are you thankful today for the new meaning of "empty" that Christ has brought us? May your Resurrection Sunday be filled with His promise of eternal love!

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6 comments:

Grammy said...

That was an excellent post1
Happy Easter.

eph2810 said...

Amen to that, Laurie. What a glorious day to celebrate. Easter blessings to you and yours...

Marsha said...

AMEN! Thank You, Lord for the EMPTY tomb!
Enjoy your day celebrating our risen Savior.

Peggy said...

Wonderful lesson Laurie! A very blessed Resurrection day FILLED with His JOY!!! He is risen & I am so glad the tomb is empty!

Most of your examples would not leave me feeling very thrilled like this ONE about being empty. But I know of one that would: to be empty of "sin" or me so that I could be filled & overflowing with Him & in Him daily. So I take the time to
empty myself, cleanse my life of that which occupies the place He deserves alone!!! Amen, my friend!

Indeed, the tomb is empty & His Resurrection triumphs over sin & death to free me to be His! EnJOY!

Debra said...

Laurie,

Praising the Lord for the empty tomb and His victory over death!

Hope you had a blessed Easter, my friend.

Happy Monday to you!

Laurie Ann said...

Excellent post, Laurie! Such a full feeling in my heart because of that empty tomb!!!