There is Always Hope (No, that’s not a pun on my name)
As I’m sure you are all aware, today is Easter. Of course Easter is the day we celebrate Jesus rising from the dead after being crucified on the Cross 3 days before. Obviously this is an amazing story, one I touched on on Friday and it’s clearly the greatest story ever told (But even better because it’s the truth!) and I want to talk a bit more about it now!
Today I went to church with one of my friends back at her home church. It was amazing and really inspiring! I always enjoy going to church but Easter is especially awesome because we get to celebrate and worship how Christ is risen. Carrie’s church (The one I went to) is way different from my usual home church because as opposed to having 80 people on a good day, there are several thousand which personally I enjoy better. I think it’s more moving to see more people worship and I think it’s totally sweet!
Anyways, the pastor today talked about how the resurrection is the ultimate sign of love and conquering of evil, death and sorrows. His main line was “There is always hope” (Of course there was some poking me at that since my name is Hope) and just emphasizing how our sorrows and troubles can’t keep us down. We have God on our side and He sent Christ to die on the cross for us. To overcome our troubles and sorrows and everything, it’s amazing and we are so blessed to have that in our lives. No matter what, there is always hope. Which is awesome.
Happy Easter and remember that He is risen indeed!
The Empty Tomb
Early on the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene went to the tomb and saw that the stone had been removed from the entrance. So she came running to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one Jesus loved, and said, “They have taken the Lord out of the tomb, and we don’t know where they have put him!” So Peter and the other disciple started for the tomb. Both were running, but the other disciple outran Peter and reached the tomb first. He bent over and looked in at the strips of linen lying there but did not go in. Then Simon Peter came along behind him and went straight into the tomb. He saw the strips of linen lying there, as well as the cloth that had been wrapped around Jesus’ head. The cloth was still lying in its place, separate from the linen. Finally the other disciple, who had reached the tomb first, also went inside. He saw and believed. (They still did not understand from Scripture that Jesus had to rise from the dead.) Then the disciples went back to where they were staying.
Jesus Appears to Mary Magdalene
Now Mary stood outside the tomb crying. As she wept, she bent over to look into the tomb and saw two angels in white, seated where Jesus’ body had been, one at the head and the other at the foot. They asked her, “Woman, why are you crying?” “They have taken my Lord away,” she said, “and I don’t know where they have put him.” At this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, but she did not realize that it was Jesus. He asked her, “Woman, why are you crying? Who is it you are looking for?” Thinking he was the gardener, she said, “Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have put him, and I will get him.” Jesus said to her, “Mary.” She turned toward him and cried out in Aramaic, “Rabboni!” (which means “Teacher”). Jesus said, “Do not hold on to me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father. Go instead to my brothers and tell them, ‘I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.'” Mary Magdalene went to the disciples with the news: “I have seen the Lord!” And she told them that he had said these things to her.
Jesus Appears to His Disciples
On the evening of that first day of the week, when the disciples were together, with the doors locked for fear of the Jewish leaders, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!” After he said this, he showed them his hands and side. The disciples were overjoyed when they saw the Lord. Again Jesus said, “Peace be with you! As the Father has sent me, I am sending you.” And with that he breathed on them and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive anyone’s sins, their sins are forgiven; if you do not forgive them, they are not forgiven.”