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Don’t Wait Until Next Easter

Living for Jesus in Everyday Life

Apr 4, 2024

Paul David Tripp

Guest Contributor

I live in downtown Philadelphia, and when the Phillies won the World Series in 2008, the celebration was unlike anything I’ve ever experienced. Tens of thousands of people spilled into the streets late at night to celebrate the victory. Total strangers became best friends for hours as the city rejoiced in unison. 

A few days later, I walked down the very same street. It was different, shockingly different. I felt let down; to be honest, the drastic change was depressing for me. I wanted to see crowds hugging and high-fiving and dancing. I wanted to hear people singing and shouting and crying with joy. But the street was empty and littered with trash. 

Sadly, I think the same can be said of the Church after Easter. We celebrate on Sunday with vigor, but a few days later, we fall back into the same mundane pattern of everyday life. We often live as if Easter hasn’t happened. 

Why We Celebrate Easter Sunday

I love Sundays, but I love Easter Sunday even more. In one culminating and specific moment in history, Jesus Christ summarizes and finalizes the salvation narrative. There are six things in particular that I love about the empty tomb. 

1. The empty tomb reveals that God is faithful. 

Centuries earlier, after Adam and Eve rebelled, God promised that He would crush wrong once and for all (Genesis 3:15). He vowed to send His Son to defeat sin and death by His crucifixion and resurrection. For thousands of years, God neither forgot nor turned from His promise. He didn’t grow weary, nor would He be distracted. He made a promise, and He controlled the events of history so that at just the right moment, Jesus Christ would come and fulfill what had been promised. 

2. The empty tomb reveals that God is powerful. 

Think of the authority you would have to have to control all the situations, locations, and relationships in order to guarantee that Jesus would come at the precise moment and do what He was appointed to do. Also, could there be a more pointed demonstration of power than to have power over death (1 Corinthians 15:55)?

By God’s awesome power, Jesus took off His grave clothes and walked out of that tomb. Those guys in power-lifting competitions may be able to pull a fire truck with their teeth, but they’ll all die, and there’s nothing they can do about it.

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For thousands of years, God neither forgot nor turned from His promise.

 3. The empty tomb reveals that God is loving. 

Why would God go to such an extent to help us? Why would He care to notice us, let alone rescue us? Why would He ever sacrifice His own Son? Because not only is God loving, but He Himself is the definition of love (John 3:16; 1 John 4:8).

You and I need to recognize that His love was not motivated by what He saw in us, but by what is inside of Him. Even when we’re unloving and rebellious, full of ourselves and wanting our own way, God is still loving. He delights in transforming us by His grace and rescuing us by His love.

4. The empty tomb guarantees eternity. 

No matter how mundane, routine, and slowly progressing your story seems to be, it’s marching towards a glorious conclusion. There will be a moment when God will raise you out of this broken world into a paradise where sin and suffering will be no more (1 Corinthians 15:52; Revelation 21:4). 

5. The empty tomb guarantees security. 

No matter how unpredictable and out-of-control your life feels, Jesus is reigning, and He will continue to reign until the final enemy is under His feet (1 Corinthians 15:25). That doesn’t mean you won’t experience pain and hurt in this world, but it does mean there’s nothing that Jesus does not know about, cannot intervene in, or alter altogether. 

6. The empty tomb guarantees delivery. 

No matter how hopeless and weak you think you are, you’ve been provided with all the grace you need to make it to the end. Future grace always carries with it the promise of present grace. God will provide everything you need until you see Him face-to-face (2 Peter 1:3). 

And that’s why I love Easter Sunday so much!

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No matter how unpredictable and out-of-control your life feels, Jesus is reigning, and He will continue to reign until the final enemy is under His feet.

How to Live After Easter Sunday

As much as I’m captivated and riveted by these truths of the empty tomb, I need to be honest with you: it’s a struggle for me to remember them once the celebration of Easter has died down. 

So, to conclude, I want to turn your attention to the end of 1 Corinthians 15. This chapter is arguably the New Testament’s longest and most detailed treatise on the resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ. And in the final verse, the Apostle Paul gives us marching orders for how to live after Easter Sunday. 

He writes, “Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.” (1 Corinthians 15:58, ESV) 

1. The empty tomb gives us unusual stability. 

Paul uses the words steadfast and immovable. Is your life a picture of that kind of stability? Is your everyday life anchored in the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ and His victory on Easter, or are you blown around by the winds of difficult circumstances, relationships, and realities of life in a fallen world? 

2. The empty tomb motivates us into lifelong activism. 

Because of the resurrection, we should give ourselves “fully to the work of the Lord.” To abound means to be enthusiastic and hopeful, motivated and courageous. If you actually believe that Christ rose from death and that He reigns in power, you ought to believe that the sexually addicted can be delivered; that rebellious children can become submissive; that broken marriages can be healed; that fearful people can know courage; and that the depressed can rise to live with joy again. Enough of survival—we believe in victory and transformation. 

3. The empty tomb grounds us in realistic hope. 

If the empty tomb guarantees eternity, then we believe that our lifelong activism “is not in vain.” We live and minister in a fallen world—and that can be very discouraging—but in the darkest of nights, when progress seems invisible, we can have hope. 

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His love was not motivated by what He saw in us, but by what is inside of Him.

Celebrate Easter Every Day

I know I’m not alone in my struggles to remember Easter. But don’t be discouraged—the very fact that we’re struggling with these heart issues means that grace is present in our lives! In our weakness and confusion, we can admit our need for help and God will meet us in our broken honesty. 

As a follower of Christ, the resurrected Lord dwells within you today by His Spirit. You’re a new person, not only in righteous standing before God, but in ability and desire. Jesus walked out of that empty tomb so you can walk in hope and freedom. 

Don’t wait until next Easter to celebrate that! 

About the Author

Dr. Paul David Tripp (M.Div, Westminster Theological Seminary), a longtime fan of BSF, is a pastor, speaker, and award-winning author known for the bestselling everyday devotional New Morning Mercies. He and his wife, Luella, recently celebrated 50 years of marriage. They live in Philadelphia and have four adult children and six grandchildren.

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17 Comments

  1. Thank you for timely message. I enjoyed what you had to say.
    God bless you as you continue to bring the message of hope.

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  2. I had previously thought that celebrating Christmas was the most important show of God’s love to mankind. This article and John’s Study have made me have a deeper understanding that Easter and the empty tomb are the climax of God’s true love. God bless you abundantly.

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  3. Dear Dr. Tripp,
    Thank you so much for this encouraging message! You have touched on something I believe has affected a lot of us! I especially liked what you wrote in this: “His love was not motivated by what He saw in us, but by what is inside of Him.”

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  4. Good day my name is Nontsikelelo Jaqueline Masina,I live in South Africa,I’m very encouraged by your articles you send me,it helps me to know the things that I didn’t know and understand in some scriptures,may God continue to give you wisdom so that you can keep on sharing with us.may you please also pray for me I’m a single mother of four struggling to make end meet for my family I’m looking for a job pray for me to get it🙏🙏

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  5. Thank you for writing this inspiring article and reminding me that the joy of Easter Morning can be mine all year long. I love what you wrote about Paul’s marching orders for us after Easter’s sundown. He writes, “Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.” (1 Corinthians 15:58, ESV) I hope I can do this more and more throughout the year, this year!

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  6. I loved this blog. Thank you so much.

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  7. Well I won’t wait until next Easter I’ll begin now with hope received about the empty tomb. Very refreshing to hear words that engage hope and anchor my faith even more regardless the circumstances.

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  8. Numbers 4, 5, and 6 speak to me in an area of much need right now. Thank you for those words.

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  9. Dr Paul very clearly about the resurrected power via the empty tomb.
    This is a powerful message of hope in the fallen world. Thank you for sharing.

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  10. Thanks! I’m not waiting until next Easter!!! Great message.

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    • Thanks Dr….for the inspiring message…our preacher also taught us that every Sunday we celebrate Easter for it is called the day of the Lord…now i have learnt you from that we should celebrate the day of the Lord daily…not to wait for Sunday or until next Easter…wow thank you for taking my faith to another level.Every blessing for you and your family.

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  11. What a powerful message. This message really brings hope to this dark world. Thank you

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  12. Just excellent. Focus on God, who He is and what He’s done and what He continues to do.
    My difficulties fade. Persevere in the delightful discipline of keeping my eyes on Him.

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  13. This is a very clear message that is reassuring for followers of Christ but also a very clear message to those who are not yet believers. It is very encouraging and succinct. Thank you for those words.

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  14. Truly motivating as it proves how faithful, loving, secure and strengthened we are in Him.

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  15. I really enjoyed/appreciated this article, a real blessing. Thank you. I am going to pass this on to fellow Christians.

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  16. Thanks for this great sermon. I share the view, let everyday be Easter Sunday.

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