The Hope of Resurrection

on Sunday 4, April 2010

The Easter lily has become, for many, the symbol of the celebration of Christ’s resurrection.  It speaks of purity, virtue, innocence, life and majesty….and, of course, the resurrection.  It is said that the lily grows in the Garden of Gethsemane where Christ spent his final hours in prayer and agony over his coming crucifixion, and that this flower has been termed “The White-robed Apostle of Hope.”

The resurrection is all about HOPE.  The followers of Jesus had put their hope in him…that he would establish his Kingdom on earth.  The two disciples on the road to Emmaus confirmed the general consensus: “We had hoped that he was the one who was to redeem Israel.”  Their hopes had been dashed!  Imagine the joy and overwhelming emotion they experienced when they realized Jesus was alive and hope came rushing back into them again.  But this time it was not just hope that met a natural expectation, it was a “living hope”…eternal, indestructible, immovable.

The Apostle Peter put it this way, “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.  In His great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade. In this you greatly rejoice.”

In Christ, nothing and no one is hopeless!  Hope in God.  Hope in his great love.  Hope in his promises.  Hope in his calling.  Hope in his grace.  Hope in his salvation.  Because of the resurrection, we have hope.  So, PUT YOUR HOPE IN HIM!