Summary: We watch TV and go on the internet, and the advertisements tell us that we can be happy, sexy, rich, or famous, if we only buy a certain product. I remember buying the Ab Isolater that was going to give me washboard abs. Power 90 is going to make me los
Lesson from the Empty Easter Egg
I recently came across this story, it was told by “Dear Abby”.
A young man from a wealthy family was about to graduate from high school. It was the custom in that wealthy neighborhood for the parents to give the graduate a car. "Bill’ and his father had spent months looking at cars, and the week before graduation, they found the perfect car. On the eve of his graduation, his father handed him a gift wrapped Bible and told him that he could not think of a more valuable gift to give his son. Bill was so angry that he threw the Bible down and stormed out of the house.
He and his father never saw each other again. Years later, it was the news of his father’s death that brought Bill home again. As he sat one night going through his father’s possessions that he was to inherit, he come across the Bible his father had given him.
He brushed away the dust and opened it to find a cashier’s check, dated the day of his graduation - in the exact amount of the car they had chosen together.
As I read and thought about this story, I couldn’t help but wonder how many people in this world have done the same thing to God. They are too many people who literally toss aside a wonderful promise and gift of God, because they don’t understand it, or they don’t believe that it’s possible.
TODAY WE ARE GOING TO TALK ABOUT THE EMPTY EASTER EGG.
THE WORLD GIVES US MANY EMPTY PROMISES DOESN’T IT?
In our world, we are taught that; “if it sounds too good to be true, it probably __________.” That’s right” if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.” So many of us have been taken in by “empty promises,” that we are hesitant of anything or anyone that tells us we can have something for nothing.
But, you know what? God never made a promise that was too good to be true and He never makes empty promises.
We watch TV and go on the internet, and the advertisements tell us that we can be happy, sexy, rich, or famous, if we only buy a certain product. I remember buying the Ab Isolater that was going to give me washboard abs. Power 90 is going to make me lose weight and be in shape in 90 days. God is different. Instead of empty promises, on Easter, Jesus gave a promise that we can take to the bank.
God’s word tells us again – “God demonstrated His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, CHRIST DIED FOR US!”
It was on that cross that Jesus Christ offered his perfect, sinless life on behalf of each one of us. No one else – not Moses or Abraham, not David, not Muhammad or Buddha, not Hannah Montanna, not Taylor Swift, not Jayden Smith – no one else has ever lived perfectly and then offered his perfect life for our salvation. That is why the Bible tells us that “there is no other name given under heaven by which we can be saved.”
DID HE REALLY HAVE TO DIE FOR ME?
Some of us might say, “I’m a good person. Isn’t that enough? I don’t think I need God to cover my sin. After all, I never killed anybody. I’m not as bad as some really bad people out there.”
The truth is that if you are a sinner, you need God.
Have any of you ever not put God first in your life at some time or another? Raise a hand.
Scripture tells us “You shall have no other God’s before Me.”
Let’s be honest this morning. How many of you have ever lied? Raise a hand.
Scripture tells us not to “Bear false witness.” (or lie)
What about stealing anything. Ever stole anything? Raise a hand. Come on, I already know you lied.
Scripture tells us not to steal.
What that says, is that we are Blasphemous, lying, thieves, who are in need a Savior.
Do you deserve heaven or hell?
Romans 3:23, “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.”
Won’t God just let me go because I’m sincere? Not if He is a just and righteous God.
If I am caught for speeding on the road by the police and go before a judge, would it make sense to say, “Judge, I trust that you are a good judge and you will let me off because I’m a sincere person. I’d like you to let me go because I am a good person.”
The judge would say, “Because I am a good and just judge, I have to pronounce you guilty. I cannot just look the other way.”