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"The Empty Egg"

March 17, 2007

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They still did not understand from Scripture that Jesus had to rise from the dead. John 20:9

Philip was born with Down's Syndrome. As a result, he never was part of the group. Philip was pleasant enough, but he looked different and sometimes acted differently than his eight-year-old classmates. On Palm Sunday, Philip’s Sunday school teacher gave each of her students a plastic egg — the kind panty hose come in — and instructed them to bring the eggs back with a symbol of resurrection inside.

The following week, the eggs were opened and the children explained the meaning of the symbol they had brought. One held a pretty flower; another held a butterfly. In another there was a rock. The last egg was empty. If you had listened carefully you would have heard things like, "That’s stupid," or "He didn’t do his homework."

Philip confessed, “That’s my egg. It’s empty because Jesus’ tomb was empty.” Philip got it. That summer Philip got something else: an infection. Most children would have shaken off such a little thing; Philip’s body couldn’t. At his funeral, nine eight-year-old children brought an empty plastic egg and placed it in the casket. Because of Philip, the class "got it."

For 74 years, The Lutheran Hour has shared the true story of salvation with those who don’t get it. Supported by the contributions of people who care about the lost, we have, for seven and a half decades tried to help people “get it.” Never once has the preacher used the broadcast to ask listeners for money. We care — first, foremost, and always — about the lost.

Even this book is designed to help readers understand the great love of the Lord who sent His Son into this world to carry their sins, fulfill the laws they have broken, and die the death they deserved. We want you to know Jesus who came so you might get it … so that you might be given forgiveness; so you might have eternal life. If you want to know more, visit a Bible-believing Christian church, or call us. We want you to "get" our risen Lord.

Excerpt from The Lutheran Hour sermon preached on April 11, 2004

THE PRAYER: Risen Lord, thank you for sending Your Son into this world to carry my sins, fulfill the laws I have broken, and die the death I deserve. I "get it"! Help me to not forget about the promise that Your empty tomb holds. In Jesus' Name. Amen.

Today's Bible Readings: Numbers 17-19    Mark 15:1-25

Change Their World. Change Yours. This changes everything.

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