When it comes to Easter, the message that is preached into is pretty universal. The message on Easter is always grounded on the fact that Jesus Christ rose from the dead. The Risen Christ is always before us in grand ways on Easter...from the hymns to the prayers to the liturgy to the message. But the way in which the message is told comes out in various ways. There is a long list of words and phrases that we relate to the Risen Christ. Words such as:
He Is Risen
Life, New Life, Eternal Life
And the word I will be preaching into on Sunday...
Why hope? I believe it goes back to what happened on Good Friday. Can you imagine being one of those that believed that Jesus Christ was the One who God had promised...God's One and Only Son? All of the hopes and dreams and promises that were wrapped up in His coming went away when he died that day. But that was Friday and Sunday was coming. And when Sunday arrived, hope was released within the world like never before.
We live in a world that too often are filled with days like Good Friday...days when hopes and dreams and promises are dashed. But then we are reminded of the hope that rose in our world as Christ was raised from the dead. And how many times have we clung to that same hope when it would have been too easy to give up?
Join us on this Easter Sunday as we celebrate the Risen Christ and are reminded about Hope Rising. Hope is rising again and again in places and situations where some would never dare to hope. I look forward to celebrating with you on Sunday and sharing with you what it means to have Hope Rising. See you Easter Sunday as we proclaim 'He is Risen Indeed'! Hallelujah!