Emptiness can be a scourge when we discover the fridge is empty. Or the bank account is empty. And certainly when the gas tank is empty!
There are times when emptiness is an even deeper problem. When death steals a loved one. When sin leaves the soul bruised and barren. When fear peers into a future of darkness and hopelessness.
But on the first Easter morning, emptiness was a sign of victory. The cross was empty. The shroud was empty. And the tomb was empty!
Death, sin, fear. This trio of destruction was defeated that day, and can be “emptied out” of our lives when we embrace the victory of the resurrected Christ.
Death no longer conquers us. Sin no longer destroys us. Fear no longer paralyzes us. Their threat is an empty one. Their power is gone.
This emptiness brings freedom. It releases us to discover a new fullness: Fullness of joy. Fullness of love and forgiveness. Fullness of hope.
Today we can trade our emptiness for the gifts that only Easter can bring. Rejoice in the empty shroud that no longer wraps us in fear! Rejoice in the empty cross, where sin no longer condemns us. Rejoice in the empty tomb, where death no longer has the final word. Death, sin and fear are swallowed up in victory.
Breathe the fresh air of new life. The old is gone. Our Savior lives!