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  • Writer's pictureChristopher Looby

Easter 2023

On this joyous night, we are reminded of the empty tomb and what it represents.

Often, we think of emptiness as a symbol of loss, defeat or neglect.

But the empty tomb was the opposite. The empty tomb meant that Jesus had risen from the dead, and with that, filled the world with His hope and His new life.

The emptiness of the tomb is a powerful symbol of hope and transformation. It represents the ultimate victory of life over death, and the fulfillment of God's promise of eternal life. The empty tomb tells us that Jesus Christ is not dead but alive, and that He has triumphed over death, sin, and despair.

The empty tomb also reminds us of the emptiness of our lives without Christ. The emptiness of our lives without Christ can be a source of despair, but the empty tomb is a source of hope and joy. The empty tomb reminds us that we are not alone, and that God is with us, even in our darkest moments.

Like, when we experience financial difficulties and an empty wallet or an empty bank account, we can feel hopeless and despair.

But the empty tomb reminds us that God is with us even in our times of need and that He provides for us in ways we may not expect.

The empty tomb also reminds us we have a heavenly inheritance that is far greater than any earthly riches.

The emptiness of a home can be the cause of loneliness and isolation that many people experience, especially during holidays or special occasions when they are reminded of loved ones who are no longer with them. The feeling of being alone can be overwhelming, and it can lead to a sense of hopelessness and despair.

But, the empty tomb reminds us that we are never alone. God is always with us, and He understands our pain and loneliness. He is a God of comfort and compassion, and He promises to be with us always. The empty tomb reminds us that the Risen Jesus has lovingly taken your loved one to the dwelling place of his Father.

The empty tomb calls on all of us to reach out to those who are lonely and isolated. We can be the hands and feet of Christ, showing love and compassion to those who are hurting. By doing so, we not only offer comfort and support to others, but we also reflect the love of Christ to the world.

And when we feel the emptiness of our hearts, which can represent the pain and hurt that we experience in life, the empty tomb reminds us that God's love is more powerful than any pain, and that He can heal even the most broken heart.

The emptiness of the tomb calls us to leave behind the emptiness of our past, leaving behind our old selves and embracing the fullness of life that Christ offers us.

May the Risen Lord who triumphed over sin and death, and left behind an empty tomb, fill our hearts with His love, His grace and His joy!

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