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Summary: The world gives us promises full of emptiness: the Lord gives us emptiness full of promise.

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The Empty Promises of Easter

(Developed from a message originally preached by Steven Kellett)

Luke 24.1-11

March 27, 2005 Cheater, IL FBC, Chester Mike Fogerson, Speaker

Introduction:

A About four years ago, I bought a bottle of a medication that promised to give me something back that I was losing. A promise that seemed just to good to be true. The bottle contained Rogain and what I was, and am, losing was my hair.

a For weeks I was spraying my head, massaging my head . . . it was a mess!

b Many of us have been taken in by empty promises

(Lose weight, build muscle mass, grow hair, performance enhancement, increased memory, more energy, appetite suppression . . . )

c These empty promises have made us leery of anything that seems just too good to be true.

B God’s Word says, "Not one of the good promises which the LORD had made to the house of Israel failed; all came to pass." Josh 21:45 (NASB)

a God has kept every promise He has ever made to His people. (ETS)

b The world gives us promises full of emptiness: God gives us emptiness full of promise. (ESS)

C I hope you’ll take God up on His promises this Easter morning. (Objective)

a Who here knows Jesus Christ? (Probing Question)

b Let’s look at two promises that emerge out of Easter’s emptiness.

I The first promise out of Easter’s emptiness is . . . AN EMPTY CROSS.

A Before Jesus’ faithful friends (Mary Magdalene, Mary the Mother of James, Joanne, Several other ladies) came to the tomb when they saw the cross in a distance.

50 And a man named Joseph, who was a member of the Council, a good and righteous man 51 (he had not consented to their plan and action), a man from Arimathea, a city of the Jews, who was waiting for the kingdom of God; 52 this man went to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus. 53 And he took it down and wrapped it in a linen cloth, and laid Him in a tomb cut into the rock, where no one had ever lain. Luke 23:50-53 (NASB)

a As the sun came us, they could see the silhouette of three crosses in the distance against the glow of a pink sky. (No one touched the cross on Saturday/Sabbath)

b The one in the middle got their attention.

Sign over the cross "King of the Jews"

Blood on the cross-beam, head, side (Roman soldier thrust a spear to make sure he was dead. –HE WAS DEAD.

c The cross those women saw were empty, but it was full of God’s promises.

B The empty cross promises that you and I stand forgiven. (Jesus paid the price for our sin on that cross.)

a Sin is anything we have ever done that displeases God. (Rms 3.23 cite)

i We have all sinned. (Person beside you, in front of you, behind you)

ii Rom 6.23 "For the wages of sin is death . . ." Death=Hell

iii Before Good Friday, God could look in the book at all of our names and write GUILTY OF SIN . .GUILTY OF SIN . . GUILTY OF SIN in the accounts payable column.

b Jesus came to settle our accounts and he paid up on the Cross.

i Jesus never did sin. (Buddha, Mohammad, David, Moses, etc.)

PROOF TEXTS:

18 knowing that you were not redeemed with perishable things like silver or gold from your futile way of life inherited from your forefathers, 19 but with precious blood, as of a lamb unblemished and spotless, the blood of Christ. 1 Peter 1:18-19 (NASB)


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