April 21, 2019

Hope: the Message of the Resurrection

 “Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this?”-- John 11:25-26 (KJV)

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My last article here was about how hope moves us forward. In a perfect world, individuals would find it easy to have faith in the future. On a flawless planet, nobody would need hope, because our lives would lack nothing. Hope is only required when circumstances are holding us back from something. The more difficult our situation, the more we require belief in a better tomorrow.

Christians come from different social classes, races, and cultures. There are two annual events that uplift every Christian, however: the celebration of our Savior’s birth, and the marking of His death and resurrection.

The Resurrection is a time of renewal and optimism. Let’s look at three key ideas:
  • This life isn’t the end of our existence.
  • We can begin again/repent.
  • No matter how dark our lives get (Crucifixion Friday), the rebirth (Resurrection Sunday) always follows.

Caterpillars become butterflies or moths; there’s no going back.

The Phoenix (of mythology) rises from the fires of its destruction.

This is a powerful image of rebirth. The Christian version of the Phoenix analogy is found in the passage below:

“To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, that he might be glorified.”-- Isaiah 61:3 (KJV)

Christ the Lord is Risen Today

This sacred hymn celebrates the worshipful spirit of the season. Please enjoy this video of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir singing:

My Conclusion

Quotes taken from biblemoneymatters.com

“The devil, darkness, and death may swagger and boast, the pangs of life will sting for a while longer, but don't worry; the forces of evil are breathing their last. Not to worry…He's risen!”– Charles R. Swindoll
“A man who was completely innocent, offered himself as a sacrifice for the good of others, including his enemies, and became the ransom of the world. It was a perfect act.”– Mahatma Gandhi
“The great gift of Easter is hope – Christian hope which makes us have that confidence in God, in his ultimate triumph, and in his goodness and love, which nothing can shake.”– Basil Hume

Are you ready to rise from your ashes through the Resurrection?

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