The day that changed the world forever was the day Jesus Christ rose from the dead. Only three days before, all who were Jesus’ followers experienced their darkest day ever when their Messiah was crucified. But things were about to turn around for them. God always gives hope in seemingly hopeless situations.
Unbeknownst to the disciples, that Sunday morning would change them forever - from a small band of hopeless, discouraged followers into bold, fearless leaders who would eventually circle the globe with the Good News. They would thereafter be Holy Ghost in-dwelt Preachers who were willing to die for the cause of Christ! What brought on the drastic change in them? Hope! Christ was alive! They saw Him being murdered – yet He lived! They touched Him! It was a miracle!
There is now hope that we also may rise from the grave and that; my friend, is the greatest hope a man or woman can have.
On Easter morning all over America there will be people sitting in church pews who only come that one time per year. Why do they come? I think maybe they come once again, seeking new hope. In the dark days we live in, hope is all we have. Hope that there is a better life waiting for us in heaven…..
Jesus promised it and He proved it by rising from the dead. We will all die and for many, that’s a scary thought. But the resurrection of Christ is proof that death has been conquered by Him! The Apostle Paul said “O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?” I Corinthians 15:55.
With all the fear and darkness in the world, the message of light and eternal life that Easter brings is one that is relevant to everyone. Whether you are a seeker - looking for some kind of new hope or if you already following Jesus. Deep in the recesses of our souls is the basic human need of….hope. Hope in something or someone true and real. Jesus is that Someone. He alone fulfills all our hopes and desires for abundant life now and a glorious life in the hereafter.
Hope is the recipe to living a happy, joy-filled life. But our hope has to be rekindled often, due to the everyday heartaches and circumstances that bring us down. We, as frail humans often look at our circumstances instead of looking to Jesus. It has been said that the loss of hope is more devastating than the loss of a loved one, the loss of income or even health. We all need hope and restoration from time to time. Do you need a good dose of hope today?
The very One that gives us hope is softly calling out to you. Open your heart and listen. Answer that call. Keep your hope alive through Him - trust completely in Him. Just as Jesus did for the disciples on Easter morning so long ago, He will make a radical change in your life too. He alone is our ultimate Eternal Hope.
“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.” I Peter 1:3. Amen…… Happy Resurrection Day, everybody!