Sunday, April 20, 2014

Our Hope in Easter!

 Finding the Evidence of Hope in the Easter Holiday

I write a lot about hope and Easter embodies the very proof of the power of hope! Hope is in the very essence of the renewal of life. Through Christ's death, through the springing up of a new season of growth and change. Hope is evident and alive! It is by hope that we keep going through life. Hope gives us the courage to believe and have faith in the Resurection, the promise of eternal life, and the beauty of life in the present!

"Without hope we cannot go on. Disappointment, tragedy, suffering and pain are a part of this life. They happen to everyone. When the pain is stretched out over a long period of time, depression and despair are a real danger. The enemy stands ready to use those moments to rob us of our joy.

That is why the events of Easter are so important to us. In the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus, everything has changed. In the Living Lord we have hope. Not “hope so” akin to wishful thinking, but rock solid hope based upon the power of a sovereign God to keep his promise in every circumstance of life. In the Easter event, we see God at work carrying out his plan to glorify himself by creating a people for himself. Those who place their faith in Jesus Christ are adopted into the family of God. Because of the cross and the empty tomb, we now serve a Heavenly Father who works through every circumstance of life to bring joy and satisfaction to his children." 
© Give Me That Book

 The Law Enforcement life can be a difficult one. It is ridden with fear, lonliness, danger, and struggle. But through all of it, hope is evident. Hope is promised because of what our Savior did for us on this Easter Day. Because He chose to die for our sins and give us the gift of eternal life, He in the same way offered and promised us HOPE!

When you feel burdened, when you are overcome with the struggles of this life...remember your hope. Cling to the promise of God's faithfulness. He felt your pain, He endured your heartache. He was forsaken, abused, and hurt.  Mark 15:29-32 Those who passed by hurled insults at him, shaking their heads and saying, "So! You who are going to destroy the temple and build it in three days,  come down from the cross and save yourself !"  In the same way the chief priests and the teachers of the law mocked him among themselves. "He saved others," they said, "but he can't save himself !  Let this Christ, this King of Israel, come down now from the cross, that we may see and believe." Those crucified with him also heaped insults on him.

But through all of this, He conquered death and the grave. He offered us a place of eternal safety and hope. In all of your struggles remember He is with you. "And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age." Matthew 18:20

Hope is never lost because all death has been conquered by the Resurection! By overcoming death, hope has won through the promise of no end. Easter is our evidence that no matter how hard our life gets, no matter the pain we endure, the amount of struggle we trudge through...Hope is our promise that our lives will not end in despair. The sacrifice of Jesus and His ultimate power over death gives us the evidence that hope is real and that, in the same way we are given the gift of life, we are given the promise of hope and peace.

"For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope." Jeremiah 29:11

"I am leaving you with a gift--peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don't be troubled or afraid." John 14:27

I pray you cling to the promise of today and you remember through your struggles, the gift of hope you were given. Enjoy today with hope in the power of Christ in your life! You are loved with an everlasting love, worth dying for, and worth creating a place for your eternal safety and life. Blessings on this Easter Day!

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