The Hopefulness of Easter

This is post-Easter time. Jesus is risen! He walks among us. He is alive forevermore and gives eternal life to all who believe.

John 11:25-26 Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die; and whoever lives by believing in me will never die. Do you believe this?”

Jesus’ question was addressed to Martha. Her brother Lazarus had died and she was grieving yet hopeful. We are often in the place between grief and hope in our lives. There are things we wish were different in the world: less people hungry, less violence, more respect, cooperation, and love shown between people. At the same time we are hopeful as we think of both Lazarus and Jesus rising from the dead.

We can do something every day to bring life in the world as the Spirit works in and through us.

2 Corinthians 4:11-15 For we who are alive are always being given over to death for Jesus’ sake, so that his life may also be revealed in our mortal body. So then, death is at work in us, but life is at work in you. It is written: “I believed; therefore I have spoken.”

Since we have that same spirit of faith, we also believe and therefore speak, because we know that the one who raised the Lord Jesus from the dead will also raise us with Jesus and present us with you to himself. All this is for your benefit, so that the grace that is reaching more and more people may cause thanksgiving to overflow to the glory of God.

We face the pain and disorder of life on earth every day but we also carry the life of the risen Jesus with us wherever we go. Smile, show an interest in someone, speak a hopeful word, make a change in the direction of beauty and kindness.

Jesus is alive and walking among us. He is counting on you!

Glad you are in the world,
Pastor Bob