Witnesses of an Empty Tomb

Mar 23, 2008
Pastor Wayne C Eichstadt
Hymns: 199, 189, 192(1-3,6,8), 206(1-5), 200
Pre-Service Prayer:

Lord Jesus, thank You for coming to be my Savior. Thank You for Your suffering and death and Your resurrection! As long as I live in this life surrounded by sin and death, keep my eyes and heart centered on You, the Author and Finisher of my faith, my Hope and my Salvation. Make me an able witness of Your Word and of the empty tomb, so that many will see Your glory and learn of You through me. Amen.

Pre-Service Devotion: 

Psalm 118

First Reading: 

Jonah 2:1-10

Jesus identified Jonah's three days in the belly of the fish as a "type" (a picture) of His three days in the tomb. Jonah's prayer from the fish's belly recounts the death and despair he faced and the salvation which God brought to him. We faced death and despair because of our sins, but Jesus' empty tomb is our salvation!

Second Reading: 

Romans 8:31-39

An empty tomb means a risen and living Savior. Our Savior lives having died to free us from our sins. That living Savior now rules over all things for our blessing. Nothing-not even death-can separate us from our Savior or the salvation He gives.