Someone once wrote “Totally without hope one cannot live”. To live without hope is to cease to live and I believe there is a great deal of truth in these words. In the difficult and often confusing world in which we live today, hope for many people is something that seems in short supply. In fact I would even go so far as to say that in a world of pain, grief and sorrow, of complex family relationships of problems at work ,alongside many other hardships of life causing sadness, loneliness and depression –hope for many people has died a death.
Easter is upon us once more and nothing brings hope back to life like Easter. For the Easter Message gives us hope in a bewildering world and hope to face the uncertainties of the future. I cannot fully explain all that happened on that first Easter Day in this short article, but the simple fact is that there is something magnificent and reassuring about Easter—HOPE— and this hope in the resurrected Christ silences the empty message of sceptics and cynics alike.
The evidence of the resurrected Christ can be found in the testimony of many thousands of people who have lived their lives transformed by the presence of Jesus through a personal trust and faith in him. This hope can be with us every morning of our life, particularly at a time when Coronavirus has brought tragedy, fear and uncertainty within our lives. We will overcome with hope in Jesus.
As well as the Easter Story bringing hope, it brings all Christians a responsibility. We should emulate qualities that Jesus demonstrated, in our relationships with each other inside and beyond the church.
To restore hope is to restore faith in Christ our Lord
“I am the resurrection and the life, he that believeth in me though he were dead yet shall he live and whoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die” (John 11 v25).
Live in Hope.