by Ernest Easley

What a Difference a Day Makes
Ernest L. Easley
Luke 24:13-49

As you are turning to Luke 24, I want to tell you the story of a third grade boy named Philip who was born a special child. On one Easter Sunday morning during Sunday School, the teacher brought Leggs Pantyhose containers, the kind that look like large eggs … like this.

Each child received one and was told to go outside and find a symbol for new life and put it in the egg-like container. Well, after running the church property in wild confusion, the students returned to the classroom and placed the containers on the table.

After each one, whether a flower, leaf or a butterfly, the class would ooh and ahh. Then one of those egg-like containers were opened with nothing inside. The children said, ''That's not fair. Somebody didn't do what they were told to do.''

Little Philip spoke up and said, ''That's mine.'' One student said, ''Philip, don't you ever do anything right? There's nothing there.'' Philip said, ''I did do it! My egg is empty because the tomb was empty.''

Little Philip got it right! You see, that first Easter Sunday morning brought some bad news and some good news. The bad news was that Jesus had died. The good news was that the grave couldn't hold Him!

What a difference a day makes! For instance: on December 7,1941, what a difference that day made in our history: the day Pearl Harbor was attacked.

September 11, 2001, what a difference that day made when America was attacked by Muslim extremist.

Or what about the day you were born? How about the day you were married? Or the day your children were born? How about the day Jesus, the Christ-child, who was fully man and fully God was born in a stable! What a difference a day makes!

What a difference a day makes! HOWEVER …. the greatest day in history … the day that has made the GREATEST difference, was the day that Jesus was resurrected out of that grave. Without Easter ..without the resurrection of Jesus, we had no ...

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