A pastor made the following observation on Easter, “The world offers promises full of emptiness, but Easter offers emptiness full of promise.” At Easter, there’s an empty cross, an empty tomb, and empty grave cloths that are full of promise.
The world offers a lot of promises. They’re smoke and mirrors, mostly. The world’s promises are frantic, cartoonish attempts to distract us from the gaping void in the middle of our souls. The promises of Madison Avenue desperately seeking our dollars have no life in them.
The promise of Easter assures us there’s more to life than what we immediately see. Death, the great enemy, has been defeated, a new way of living is breaking into the fallen world and that world is being remade. Jesus broke through the veil that separates us from God, the very source of life, and this new life can be ours, if we’ll simply trust him.
Whose promises are you trusting this Easter?