Empty Is Still Empty by JW Kaiser
A good friend of mine, who will remain unnamed, has a problem. He is just too stoked. How is that a problem, you ask? Because no matter what the reality of the waves are, he makes up a scenario in his head based on his measure of stoke instead of the measure of the actual waves. The forecast can call for flat conditions all week, and a quick drive by the ocean can confirm that the surf is indeed flat. However, his stoke and desire to surf not only overrides good sense, he also will talk everyone into surfing when we all know it is still flat. What I’ve learned over time the hard way is flat is still flat, no matter how stoked my friend is!
A week ago, the Christian world celebrated for about the two thousandth time that Jesus rose from the dead and walked out of his grave. However, I find it so easy to forget that empty is still empty when it comes to the grave. I lose faith so quickly and quietly begin to miss the entire reality of the resurrection. I see death when there is life. I see hopelessness when there is hope. I see darkness when there is light.
When faced with the trials of life I have to admit I’m so quick to forget that the grave is still empty after over two thousand years. Jesus is alive and on the move! Our lives are not our own and Jesus is not done with us yet. Even when there appears to be only death, hopelessness and darkness the risen Christ is responsible for a different reality. He sits at the right hand of the Father, interceding on our behalf, and His Spirit is with us and His kingdom is advancing. Our lives don’t have to be empty. We can live LIFE TO THE FULL because when it comes to the grave of Jesus Christ…empty is still empty!
But the angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know you seek Jesus who was crucified. He is not here, for he has risen, just as he said he would. – Matthew 28:5-6