We normally don't celebrate empty. Empty is not so good. Empty tummy. Empty head. Empty wallet. Empty tank.
Empty is a void. Nothing where there should be something. But there is not.
Easter, however, is a celebration of emptiness. A celebration of what is not.
What is not tells us what is.
Think about the first disciple's Easter Sunday morning surprise. One of the best things in life is a good surprise, right? Note: a good surprise; bad surprises tend to bring grief & worry instead of joy. A good surprise is a surprise because you don't expect it.
The disciples did not expect an empty tomb. They weren't looking for the living. They were looking for a body. A dead body. They were without hope. Expecting death. Yet. Surprise! "Why do you look for the living among the dead? He is not here; he has risen! Remember how he told you..." Luke 24:5-6.
Jesus is no longer dead. He lives today.
He lives to give life to you.
We celebrate an empty tomb.
Mourning into celebration. Darkness into light. Sadness into joy. Despair into hope. Defeat into hope. This is what Easter is about.
Do you need a change? Give Jesus your life. You'll be transformed: Empty into full.
We celebrate new life.