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2 Chronicles 7:14

If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.

THIS MONTH'S PRAYER FOCUS

APRIL: 24-HOUR PRAYER

The Empty Tomb. What would our lives be like without Good Friday and Resurrection Sunday?

 

The resurrection of Jesus Christ has been at the heart of the gospel message from the beginning. The empty tomb tells us that the grave could not hold Jesus. Because He rose from the grave, we have victory over death.

 

“For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures, and that he appeared to Cephas, and then to the Twelve.” 1 Corinthians 15:3-5 (NIV)

 

There is immense value in emptiness. When we empty ourselves of things such as sin, anger, frustrations, and bitterness - all those things that come from our carnal flesh, there is more room for God inside of us. The tomb gives us another spiritual insight to what emptiness is. We can define it this way: to return to the original state. The ultimate original state for all humanity was the Garden of Eden. There, God walked and talked with Adam and Eve regularly, there was no death, and there was no doubt to this one thing: God loves His creation. He loved the man and woman that He had made. 

 

After man fell sin and death came into the world and changed things. Man was created to be in God’s presence all the time, but sin separates us from a Holy God. When Jesus left the tomb empty, He restored man to their original state, that is, unrestricted access to His presence. When Jesus died on the cross it gave us direct access to the throne of grace, never to be separated from God. Death was not a part of God’s original plan. When Jesus rose, death was returned to its original state – meaning, its power was empty, just like the grave He walked out of. This carnal flesh may die, but the spirit dwelling inside keeps living. Now, there is nothing that can separate us from the Father’s love. That was how we were created to be.

 

This month pray for:

  • Those who do not know the significance of the empty tomb to come to a clear understanding and full acceptance of Jesus Christ this Easter. He died on the cross for each person, AND He arose for all of us!

 

  • A release of any sin that holds us or those we love. The empty tomb means that sin's ability to keep us from  God is empty, death's power to separate us from God is empty, and anything in this world that could try and keep us from knowing the love of Christ in our lives is empty! And it is all because the tomb of Jesus Christ is empty.

 

Up from the grave He arose
With a mighty triumph o'er His foes
He arose a Victor from the dark domain
And He lives forever with His saints to reign
He arose! (He arose)
He arose! (He arose)
Hallelujah! Christ arose!