A Blessed & Hope Filled Easter
29 Mar 2018, 4:33 p.m.
The world seems pretty short of hope at present. The country seems equally short of hope too. We have uncertainty about Brexit and Europe, we are unsure whose messages to trust - fake or real - and we seem less connected to the powers that will shape our lives and reality. In 'Miracle on 34th Street' comes the immortal line 'when we lose the capacity to hope, we slide towards despair'. Hope is critical to healthy living.
Hope is not wanting something unreal or untrue. Fundamentally, we hope because we are made in the image of God and somewhere within us is an understanding that because God is, life should have a quality about it, a richness that both settles and shapes who we are. God reveals himself as the God of all hope. Paul encourages the first century Christians with the words,
Romans 15:13 NIV- May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.
The message of Easter is essentially a message of hope - if death can change, anything can change! At the heart of Easter is the God of hope who does not abandon us when we face trouble or trial, but whose very presence says to us 'help is on the way'. The Father did not abandon the Son to death, but sent the Spirit to raise him up again. The resurrection confirms to us the truth of the scripture - 'No one who hopes in you will ever be put to shame...' Psalm 25:3 NIV
A blessed and hope-filled Easter from all of us at Acorn.