Dear Hope Family,
This Sunday, we celebrate Christ’s triumphal entry into Jerusalem. Even his humble entry on a donkey colt was another promise fulfilled (Zech. 9:9). This was just one more fulfillment on his way to the cross where he would keep the promises to crush the head of the serpent (Gen. 3:15) and die to bear all of our sin (Is. 53). But Jesus kept one more promise; He rose again from the dead on the third day (Hos. 6:1-2; Ps. 16:10). Peter says that because of his resurrection, we have a living hope. Why is his resurrection rather than his death alone the means by which we are born again? It is because Jesus rose again that death lost its grip on us. In his death, he bore the judgment for the sins that had brought us death, but in his resurrection he brought us life. Furthermore, it is in his resurrection that we are promised our own future resurrection to new bodies (1 Cor. 15) and to an inheritance that is being kept for us in heaven (1 Pet 1:3-4).
Friends, if Christ has kept every other promise, won’t he keep this one? We live in bodies that are wasting away on an earth where everything we value is perishing, defiled, and fading. Yet we look forward to new, healthy bodies and inheritances that don’t know the touch of sin or death. That have not been corrupted by the fall. That endure for all eternity. On the cross, Christ faced abandonment by the Father to bring us this hope. This is the hope that assures us even in the darkest hour that God has not abandoned us. This is the hope that strengthens us as we face trials and grief.
I hope you will join us this Sunday as we celebrate this very real, living hope. Between the services, from approximately 10:10-10:50am, we will have some yummy breakfast foods and time to fellowship together. There will be an Easter egg hunt for children at 10:30am in the outside worship area. Parents, please bring baskets/bags for gathering eggs. The eggs will be empty and children will turn them in for one candy and one prize.
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope (Rom. 15:13).