A Living Hope

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“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to His great mercy, He has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead” (1 Peter 2:3 ESV).

What’s the big deal about Easter?

When I was a kid, I didn’t get what was so great about Easter. In fact, I hated it. Easter for my family meant that we used what very little resources we had to try to buy fancy clothes for Easter Sunday. To top it off, I hated dressing up. Pastels and frilly dresses aren’t my thing. (I know . . . big shocker.)

I didn’t get it. What I did get was an Easter basket filled with candy. That was nice . . . but I still didn’t get it. I still didn’t really appreciate the gigantic importance of what Easter is all about.

Last week I received a text message from my mom updating me about some medical news she had heard from her doctor. Her most recent blood work revealed that for now, she wouldn’t need to get the chemotherapy and radiation that the doctor had originally planned for her to get.

After receiving her results, my mother said that it took her a few days to let the news of hope sink in. She had been planning for a hopeless future. The doctor’s words changed her whole perspective on what was possible for her. That is a perfect illustration of what Easter Is all about.

Where there was once death and hopelessness, there is now a Living Hope! Jesus’ resurrection means that the grave has been overcome. The resurrection means that sin has lost it’s power over us!

This Easter, I challenge you to allow the Lord to breathe hope into the areas of your life that feel hopeless. The victory is won. Jesus has risen from the dead!

~PASTOR SUSAN B.

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