The quality of emptiness carries with it a negative connotation. It is characteristic of something now nothing, something not there.
An empty cereal box in the morning conveys disappointment. An empty coffee cup suggests the need for a refill. An empty purse is devastating. The feeling of emptiness that overwhelms one when a loved one departs or even when an exciting adventure has ended further suggests that emptiness leaves much to be desired.
Yet today we celebrate emptiness. We rejoice in the emptiness of the sepulchre in which Jesus was entombed following his death on the cross. It is a celebration because his absence from the tomb signals the possibility for us that we might be emptied of our guilt. For a vessel to be cleaned it is first imperative that it be emptied. We are emptied out, our sins, our guilt. We are emptied of self so that we might be cleansed by the Holy Spirit, made fit to abide with our Risen Savior!
Happy Emptiness! And may you have a Happy Easter in Jesus, our Risen Lord!