The Empty Tomb of Jesus Christ changed the course of human history and the fate of human souls. Here are three benefits to remember this week.
Most empty things are not good:
- bank accounts
In contrast, an empty grave is a good thing. Some of you may own a grave plot, but you are not in it yet. That’s a good thing!
Jesus died. He should be in the grave, but He is not. He stayed three nights in a borrowed tomb and rose again. His grave is empty!
Jesus is the only Religious leader who is not in the grave.
- Muhammed, the founder of Islam, is buried in a mosque in Medina.
- Buddha, the founder of Buddhism, was cremated in Kushinagar.
- Mahavira, the founder of Janism, was cremated in Pawapuri.
- Joseph Smith, the founder of Mormonism, is buried in the Smith Family Cemetery in Nauvoo, IL.
- Charles Taze Russel, the founder of Jehovah’s Witnesses, is buried in Pittsburgh, PA.
- Hindu leaders have died and are turned to ash.
- Toaist leaders have been long buried and turned to dust.
The grave of Jesus Christ is empty! The God for the empty tomb!
Jesus took something that is empty and made it the path to fullness.
God’s economy works differently than man’s economy.
Jesus is the Saviour and the Destroyer. He won the victory so you can defeat temptation.
1 John 3:8 “He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil.”
This powerful verse reminds us that believers are not followers of the devil. We are born of God. The Son of God came to destroy the works of the Devil. Are you part of the world Jesus came to destroy or part of the Kingdom He is building?
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Sin not only costs you today but also steals from your future.
Psalm 31:10 “For my life is spent with grief, and my years with sighing: My strength faileth because of mine iniquity, and my bones are consumed.”
One of the least recognized consequences of sin is the loss of future potential. Every sin has a cost. Some sins cost a lifetime. The results of these sins change the trajectory of a life reducing options in the future.
[shareable]It has been said, ‘The decisions you make today determine what choices are available to you tomorrow.'[/shareable]
Older people grasp this truth better than young people. It is hard for youths to understand the infinite potential of a life lived for God. They know they have potential but cannot perceive the heights available to them through obedience to God. Also, they don’t appreciate the devastating effects sin has on their future.
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Don’t let your heart grow cold.
Matthew 24:12 “And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.”
Most people are particular about the temperature of the beverages they drink. If it was meant to be hot, they want it hot. If it was made to be cold, they want it cold. Anyone a fan of a nice hot milkshake? I didn’t think so.
Love was made to be hot. Love is not a state of being but rather a series of actions. Love works. It moves. Like a boiling pot, love is active.
[shareable]Jesus said, ‘If ye love me, keep my commandments.’ Love equals obedience to God.[/shareable]
However, love can cool. It can lose its fervor. A boiling pot of love can become an ice cube of apathy in the wrong conditions.
Love and sin are opposites. Love is hot. Sin is cold. Love gives. Sin steals. Love helps. Sin hurts. Love flows from the heart of God. Sin was born in rebellion.
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Sin accelerates aging and death. Learn why.
Psalm 49:14 “Like sheep they are laid in the grave; death shall feed on them; and the upright shall have dominion over them in the morning; and their beauty shall consume in the grave from their dwelling.”
God made the human body to live indefinitely. It is a marvel of God’s creative power. Yet, every body will cease to function because of sin.
When Adam sinned, he genetically corrupted the human race, and the sin nature passes from parents to children. Sin kills the soul, and it destroys the body.
After the first sin, mankind still lived to be over 900 years old. After the Flood of Genesis 6, life expectancy dropped to around 120. Then in Psalm 90, God tells us we can expect to live 70 years and if we live longer than that the body will not function well. Why? Because sin destroys the body.
[shareable]Stop hurting yourself.[/shareable]
Aging is the visible effect of sin on the body. Wrinkled (more…)