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EASTER AT JOURNEY

THE POWER OF AN EMPTY GRAVE

JEREMY BROWN: LEAD PASTOR

John 4:7–15 (NLT) 

Soon a Samaritan woman came to draw water, and Jesus said to her, “Please give me a drink.” He was alone at the time because his disciples had gone into the village to buy some food. The woman was surprised, for Jews refuse to have anything to do with Samaritans. She said to Jesus, “You are a Jew, and I am a Samaritan woman. Why are you asking me for a drink?” Jesus replied, “If you only knew the gift God has for you and who you are speaking to, you would ask me, and I would give you living water.” “But sir, you don’t have a rope or a bucket,” she said, “and this well is very deep. Where would you get this living water? And besides, do you think you’re greater than our ancestor Jacob, who gave us this well? How can you offer better water than he and his sons and his animals enjoyed?” Jesus replied, “Anyone who drinks this water will soon become thirsty again. But those who drink the water I give will never be thirsty again. It becomes a fresh, bubbling spring within them, giving them eternal life.” “Please, sir,” the woman said, “give me this water! Then I’ll never be thirsty again, and I won’t have to come here to get water.”

Emptiness is one of the biggest questions of our lives

“There ain’t no livin’ out there nowhere.” Jimi Hendrix

The oddity of emptiness is that it REMINDS us there is LIFE

Ecclesiastes 3:11 (NLT)

Yet God has made everything beautiful for its own time. He has planted eternity in the human heart.

John 10:10 (NLT)

The thief’s purpose is to steal and kill and destroy. My purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life.

John 4:16–18 (NLT)

“Go and get your husband,” Jesus told her. “I don’t have a husband,” the woman replied. Jesus said, “You’re right! You don’t have a husband—for you have had five husbands, and you aren’t even married to the man you’re living with now. You certainly spoke the truth!”

Condemnation, even in Jesus’ name, won’t bring life!

Because the grave is empty, TOMORROW trumps YESTERDAY

John 4:19–20 (NLT)

“Sir,” the woman said, “you must be a prophet. So tell me, why is it that you Jews insist that Jerusalem is the only place of worship, while we Samaritans claim it is here at Mount Gerizim, where our ancestors worshiped?”

John 4:21 (NLT)

Jesus replied, “Believe me, dear woman, the time is coming when it will no longer matter whether you worship the Father on this mountain or in Jerusalem.

Religion will never bring life

“Discipline imposed from outside always defeats when it’s not matched by desire from the inside.” Dawson Trotman

Because the grave is empty, RELIGION is WORTHLESS

We RUN ON EMPTY! Because the grave is empty, we don’t have to be!