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Easter Sunday – Living Hope

On this Easter Sunday Mark Houston brought us the message of hope in Jesus, looking at Luke 24:1-12.


What are you hoping for? We live each day with many hopes and dreams. Some of us hope for a good job, a bigger house, good health… and the list goes on. The reality is, we all need hope to survive, but all of our hopes are fragile; they are open to destruction and are outside of our own control. We live in a world that is full of misplaced and broken hopes. Many years ago, Jesus’ disciples found themselves in the same position that we often find ourselves in – a place of broken hope…

“…BUT WE HAD HOPED THAT HE (JESUS) WAS THE ONE WHO WAS GOING TO REDEEM ISRAEL.”

On the road to Emmaus, Jesus’ disciples reflected on his recent death, talking of how they hoped he would be the one to save them, but what they didn’t realise was that hope was not dead, but very much alive:

“WHY DO YOU LOOK FOR THE LIVING AMONG THE DEAD? HE IS NOT HERE; HE HAS RISEN!”

Mary Magdalene and Mary, mother of James, were on their way to the tomb, bringing spices and mourning the death of Jesus. However, in a place expected to find death, they found life and hope, for the tomb lay empty. Hope is alive. Maybe the reason the stone was rolled away was not to let Jesus out, but to let us in to witness the empty tomb; the sign that Jesus is alive and hope lives on. The curtain is torn in two, and we are given access to God the Father through Jesus. We have forgiveness for sins and can look forward to a day when all will be made new and we will see him face to face. When Jesus becomes our ultimate hope, it trumps all other hopes. Despite this message of hope, the women were met with disbelief when they told the disciples:

“BUT THEY DID NOT BELIEVE THE WOMEN, BECAUSE THEIR WORDS SEEMED TO THEM LIKE NONSENSE.”

Even those who followed Jesus for three years struggled to believe. Simon Peter finds himself at the empty tomb to see for himself. And as we find out later on in Acts, Jesus reappears to the disciples many times over the next forty days. Jesus graciously allows time for this amazing truth to set in the disciples’ hearts. Our risen saviour is patient with our doubting hearts. Maybe you find yourself in a state of doubt today, with dwindling hope; take encouragement that Jesus is patient, and that he is the very source of hope. This hope is not something we conjure up in ourselves, but it comes from the Holy Spirit:

“MAY THE GOD OF HOPE FILL YOU WITH ALL JOY AND PEACE AS YOU TRUST IN HIM, SO THAT YOU MAY OVERFLOW WITH HOPE BY THE POWER OF THE HOLY SPIRIT.”

Where are you placing your hope this Easter Sunday? Let Jesus be your ‘Living Hope’. He will never disappoint. As we embrace this hope in Christ, we don’t only have a future hope, but a living hope for today through the Holy Spirit. For what we hope for shapes what we live for.

“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.”

Reflect:
Listen to ‘Living Hope’: https://youtu.be/u-1fwZtKJSM

Amy Warke

Amy Warke

Hi, I’m Amy and I’m part of the Deep Dive team at Windsor. I’ve been going to Windsor my whole life. I’m currently studying Medicine at Queen’s and when I’m not doing that, you’ll find me in a coffee shop with a good book, or out for a run, trying not to get lost!
Amy Warke
Hi, I’m Amy and I’m part of the Deep Dive team at Windsor. I’ve been going to Windsor my whole life. I’m currently studying Medicine at Queen’s and when I’m not doing that, you’ll find me in a coffee shop with a good book, or out for a run, trying not to get lost!