Green shoots from blackened earth. Easing restrictions from COVID pandemic. Blue skies after flooding rains. These are symbols of relief and hope.
The green is greener after the fire. The singing is more joyous after the silence. The skies are clearer after the rain.
Through suffering grows resilience and gratitude. From endurance and perseverance springs hope. Through judgement comes salvation.
“the Messiah will suffer and rise from the dead on the third day, and repentance for the forgiveness of sins will be preached in his name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem.”Jesus in Luke 24:46-47
It is only through the suffering and death of our Messiah, Jesus, that forgiveness of sins can be won for us. His resurrection is the glorious moment of victory over death and certain promise of resurrection life to all who trust in him.
You may be spending your Easter long weekend playing video games, renovating the house, or camping down the coast. But don’t miss the opportunity to reflect on the glorious hope of resurrection that can be yours in Christ Jesus.
At Easter we celebrate that ‘He is Risen’ – and he promises resurrection life to you too, if you will trust and follow him!
Yours in Christ,