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Hope Rising

By April 13, 2020 No Comments
Easter has been an exciting time for me as long as I can remember. Sure, as a child, I enjoyed dying eggs, the Easter bunny, getting candy, and dinner with my family. However, it is the real reason for the season that began at a young age to foster in me a deep appreciation for Easter. The word “Easter” is related to the word “east,” which naturally points to the sunrise, to new days, and new beginnings. Easter is the remembrance and celebration of the resurrection of Jesus Christ and the life we are offered in our living Savior.
The Bible makes it clear that Jesus was resurrected on the first day of the week, Sunday (Matt 28:1). Jesus’ resurrection is most worthy of being celebrated (see: 1 Cor 15). His resurrection ought to be celebrated every day of our lives. However, this does not take away from the special time of remembrance and celebration of Christ His church has every year. Easter is about Jesus being resurrected from the dead and how this demonstrates that we can trust in His promise of eternal life by receiving Him as Lord and Savior.
We can understand the account and eternal implications of Christ’s resurrection by using the word Easter (E.A.S.T.E.R.) On Resurrection Sunday, followers of Christ found that the tomb was Empty (Lk 24:1-5). The tomb was not empty because someone had stolen Christ’s body, but because He was Alive (Luke 24:6). It is the Sacrifice of Jesus, His death, and resurrection that offers forgiveness of sins and salvation (Lk 24:6-9; Rom 4:25). The resurrection of Christ meant Triumph for Jesus and means sharing in His triumph for all His followers (Matt 28:16-18). The good news is that salvation is available to Everyone (Matt 28:19-20). All one needs to do is Receive Christ by “confessing Jesus as Lord and believe in his heart that God raised Him from the dead, and he will be saved” (Rom 10:9-10).
When we look at what Easter really means, it means that God loves us, Jesus is alive, and we can experience new life in Him. Easter means there is hope in Christ. In fact, Easter is hope rising. Jesus, our hope rising from the grave as well as hope rising in the life of everyone who comes to know the Gospel truth and receive Him as Lord and Savior.
At Easter, we will enjoy dying eggs. We won’t this year see Easter bunnies out and about. But that might not be so bad. We will give and receive candy. And, although we may not have gathered together to worship or share a meal with family and friends, I hope all of us celebrated in a big way, in our small spaces, our resurrected Lord, and the life we have in Him. All of this to say, amid our current reality, let’s not miss the genuine meaning and celebration-worthy truth of Easter.

The tomb was Empty.

Jesus is Alive!
His Sacrifice offers us salvation.
His resurrection demonstrates His Triumph as well as proves His offer of sharing in His triumph with His followers.
This promise is for Everyone.
It is for all who Receive Him as Lord and Savior.
Christ is worthy of our worship, our remembrance, and our very lives.
It is my privilege to serve our resurrected Savior with each of you. Let’s encourage one another to remember the real meaning of Easter. In response, let’s worship Him with our very lives and share the good news with others. Soli Deo Gloria (Glory to God Alone)!

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