Jesus does not offer empty promises

The story is told of a boy named Philip who was in Mrs. Brown’s second grade Sunday school class. On Easter Sunday she gave each child an empty plastic egg, and told them to go outside and find things that symbolized new life, put it into the egg, and come back to share what they found with the other kids in the class. After returning to the class the kids took turns sharing what they had found. Philip was the last one to share. When he opened his egg, it was empty. The other kids laughed, until the teacher asked him why he hadn’t put anything in his egg. Philip then said, “The empty egg represents the empty tomb!” Philip had it right. Jesus Christ is no longer dead in the tomb.

In this season of springtime and resurrection, what do you expect to find? If you look only to the television, radio and the newspaper, you will find many competing promises, many of which are truly empty to begin with.

Centuries before Jesus of Nazareth ever walked the earth, the Scriptures promised a Savior who would come to earth and give his life for the benefit of all humanity. The only emptiness he would bring would be an empty tomb he promised he would rise from death. He left behind him an empty cross, an empty tomb and empty grave clothes.

On that first Resurrection Day, some women who had been devoted followers of Jesus arrived at the place of his burial. They were met with shock, surprise and fear. He was not there. There heard the declaration of heavenly beings: “He is not here. He is risen!” Hope arose in their hearts and their lives were forever changed. These very women would soon enough see living proof of the resurrection as Jesus appeared on several occasions to their surprise and delight.

The human condition is one of emptiness. God’s Word tells us the reason it is because of original sin. The only God-given remedy for human emptiness caused by sin is a living relationship with God’s Son, Jesus Christ. “And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.” Acts 4:12

Have you experienced the truth and power of Jesus in your life? Are you tired of empty promises? Jesus Christ will fill you. Instead of offering you an empty promise, he emptied his life for you to provide a way for you to come home to God. He took upon himself the just penalty for our sin and now offers forgiveness and everlasting hope to each person who will turn to him in faith. Sound too good to be true? Jesus said, “I am the resurrection and the life, he who believes in me will never die.” (John 11:25).

It would be foolish not to take seriously the words of a man who arose from death. Millions of people have taken Jesus at his word and believed upon him as Savior and leader. Today, he offers to you the same hope they have found. By faith, come into a personal relationship with Jesus. You will discover how his fullness will meet the emptiness of this world’s many promises.

Pastor Gordon Kroeker is associate pastor of First Baptist Church, Minot.