It’s springtime, at least in Southern California. Last week, my husband added some flowers in our front yard. Newly planted petunias, daisies and roses in an unabashed display of bright and variant colors greet me each morning as I wander outside to retrieve the daily newspaper. I love this time of year, the weather is mild, the birds serenade, and it won’t be long until our Jacaranda lined street will be awash in purple and green.
I must admit that spring makes me happy, even hopeful. Flowers cheer me and make me smile. But I know that all these things, beautiful though they may be, must fade and wither and someday pass away.
Not so with the Living Hope we have in Jesus!
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 1:3)
Easter is right around the corner. We celebrate the Risen Christ. The Son of God who died for us and conquered death on our behalf. Here is where our true hope lies!
Because He lives, our greatest need has been met. Forgiveness of sins and hope for eternity.
Because He lives, righteousness has been put to our account and our justification is sure.
Because He lives, He is declared and proven to be the Son of God.
Because He lives, atonement for our sins has been made, the resurrection proving that God has accepted the sacrifice of His only begotten Son, the Lamb of God.
The resurrection means everything to the followers of Jesus Christ. As the Gospel is central to Christianity, the resurrection is central to the Gospel. Why? Because “if in Christ, we have hope in this life only, we are of all people the most to be pitied.” Hopeless, indeed!
One spring morning long ago, an angel appeared to the women who had come early to the tomb of Jesus. How their hearts must have thrilled to the words the angel spoke to them, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified. He is not here, for he has risen, as he said. Come, see the place where he lay.”
“Where he lay,” that’s past tense! The tomb could not hold Him! And, if the Spirit of God who raised Jesus from the dead lives in you, neither does death hold any power over you! “Oh grave, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?” Yes, there is much hope to be found in the Resurrection of our Lord.
This Easter, praise the One who offers a Living Hope. He is risen. Celebrate the Resurrection!
By His Grace and for the Gospel,
Terrie van Baarsel
(See: 1 Cor. 15:16-19, 55; Rom. 4:25; 8:11, 34, Matt. 28:5-7)