Easter Hope


Easter Hope
“Early on the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene went to the tomb and saw that the stone had been removed from the entrance….Mary Magdalene went to the disciples with the news: “I have seen the Lord!” And she told them that he had said these things to her.”  John 20:1, 18 NIV
Plot twists are great. In movies, when we find out a family connection (‘Luke, I am your father!’), or even when the mask is removed and we discover the real culprit of a crime (‘And I would have gotten away with it too, if it weren’t for you meddling kids and your dog too). Something hidden is revealed, and it’s a great relief.  The Easter story is a plot twist beyond compare. What was hidden to some was revealed. What was known to others was confirmed.
Rabbi Jesus had led a rag-tag band of 12 followers for three years and ushered in the Kingdom of God in their presence. He taught them to love God and their neighbors as themselves. He demonstrated how to heal and do miracles. They recognized Jesus not as an ordinary Rabbi but as Messiah but as Peter proclaimed him “The Son of God.” Yet their leader was beaten, tried, crucified and buried. They were left devastated and alone. Their world was shaken.
Yet God had the last word. He shook the world by rolling away the stone of a sealed tomb. Mary Magdalene shared that Jesus was resurrected to continue his message of HOPE; the hope that death could not contain the love of God. God’s message through Jesus is more than just a plot twist story from history. It is a faith we can build our lives around. It offers HOPE even over the past, that our mistakes, and our failures, are not greater than God’s power to transform. HOPE for the present that we are loved and that we have purpose. HOPE for the future that God will see us through this shaken world of the pandemic virus.  Jesus brings the message of HOPE through his resurrection. May we embrace Jesus as the living HOPE this Easter.
In Christ’s Love and Service,
Pastor Paul

Questions to Consider:
1. What is one of your favorite plot twists from a movie or book? What made it such a surprise?
2. Jesus shook the world by dying on the cross. What is shaking in your world right now? What things seem to be falling apart?
3.The resurrection of Jesus brought HOPE to his followers. Where are you experiencing HOPE in your life? What are stories of HOPE you are seeing in the lives of others?