Easter = Hope
Imagine a life without hope.
You’ve got an addiction? Sucks to be you. Guess it will kill you in the end.
Family dysfunction? Guess you got unlucky. Too bad.
Fear is ruining your ability to live a normal life? Oh well.
You’ve got wounds from past trauma? That’s life.
Incurable sickness? It was nice knowing you.
Going to die soon? I guess that’s the end of your brief existence.
There are two words in the Bible that one of our preachers pointed out was the most beautiful thing ever written…
Lord. Savior. Messiah. Emmanuel…Jesus. But Jesus.
[Jesus] went to Nazareth, where he had been brought up, and on the Sabbath day he went into the synagogue, as was his custom. He stood up to read, and the scroll of the prophet Isaiah was handed to him. Unrolling it, he found the place where it is written:
“The Spirit of the Lord is on me,
because he has anointed me
to proclaim good news to the poor.
He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners
and recovery of sight for the blind,
to set the oppressed free,
to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.” Luke 4:16-19
I was stuck in my sin. Dead, unable to help myself in any way. But Jesus.
I was damaged goods. But Jesus.
I was lost. But Jesus.
I was alone. But Jesus.
My eternal soul was sentenced to hell. But Jesus.
Surely he took up our pain
and bore our suffering,
yet we considered him punished by God,
stricken by him, and afflicted.
But he was pierced for our transgressions,
he was crushed for our iniquities;
the punishment that brought us peace was on him,
and by his wounds we are healed.
We all, like sheep, have gone astray,
each of us has turned to our own way;
and the Lord has laid on him
the iniquity of us all.
Isaiah 53: 4-6
As we enter this Easter weekend may the Hope of the Lord fill your life.
If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved. As Scripture says, “Anyone who believes in him will never be put to shame.” For there is no difference between Jew and Gentile—the same Lord is Lord of all and richly blesses all who call on him, for, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” Romans 10: 9-13
I was lost, but now I am found. I was dead. But now I am alive. I was depressed, anxious, alone, broken. Now, I am healed. Part of a heavenly family. Secure.
Happy Easter everybody.