What gives you hope?
The celebration of Easter is the one source of hope that has no peers. We go through life with a series of questions; Why do good people suffer? Why do the good die so young? What purpose does a tornado serve or a hurricane? Why does God allow the evil ones to commit murder and drunk drivers to get behind the steering wheel of a car? Why did Jesus have to suffer on the cross?
Please notice that all these questions begin with “Why”. Many Christians believe it is sacrilegious to question God. However, I believe God can handle our questions whether we verbalize them or not. But God is more concerned with our “How” questions. How do we get through the loss of a child? How do we make it through the diagnosis of cancer? How do we accept pink slips from our employer after long periods of faithful service? And as Willie Nelson would ask, “How do I make it through the night?”
I contend the “Why” questions are dealing with the past whereas the “How” questions are dealing with the future. Easter is about our future. Easter provides hope for a future beyond the grave and the fulfillment of all promises to those who love the Lord. The main promise is eternal life. Jesus promised mansions in heaven, victory over this life, companionship with Him and perpetual glory in the presence of the almighty God. Thank God for Easter.