I am typically an optimist. A hopeful person.
- The glass is always half-full.
- There’s a light at the end of the tunnel.
- When life hands you lemons, make lemonade.
- There’s always a way out.
- Never give up.
- The cross is empty and so is the tomb.
How can emptiness bring about any hope?
I have this wall in my office filled with crosses. I didn’t really realize I was collecting them, until I hung them up and realized how many I had.
Some of the crosses were gifts for various occasions: confirmation, graduation, installation and Christmas. A fellow DCE melted nails to make crosses to give to us as youth participants as we served by fixing up homes. One was made by a teen for me, from the palms used on Palm Sunday. It’s amazing to look at this wall and see all of the ways people have used their talents to visually share the sacrifice of Jesus.
Jesus lived an earthly life to teach his followers about love and truly show them what that means through his death on the cross. Crucifixion was a horrible way to die, yet, the promise of God was fulfilled in this act on our behalf. The mercy and love of God the Father was shown through the sacrifice of His Son.
The common trait of all of these crosses is that they are empty.
The cross is empty and so is the tomb.
Why? Because Jesus rose from the dead three days later and won victory over sin, death and the devil, so that we may have eternal life! What a hope-filled message that is!
The cross is a powerful image that fills me with sadness and pain. But it also fills me with love and hope because of the act performed by my Savior for me and my hopelessness.
We can exclaim that we find hope in the empty cross because Jesus is alive! He died for me, He died for you, He died for all.
How will you share this hope?