From the tragic attacks in Brussels and the ongoing conflict in Northern Africa and Syria, this has been a difficult week for many around the world. ISIS seems to be spreading and the recent guilty verdict of Radovan Karadzic, the “Butcher of Bosnia,” reminds the world of a genocide that is eerily similar to the events occurring in Syria today. As we watch the news, it is hard to see any hope for what is to come.
This weekend, however, we celebrate Easter. On Easter Sunday, we will gather together to remember the death and resurrection of Jesus.
From the moment when sin entered into the world, God began the process of bringing a Messiah to the world to fix what had broken. The events surrounding Easter fulfilled centuries of prophecies and promises made to the people of Israel. When Jesus ascended into heaven he left, promising that one day he would return again.
Everything that we read in the Bible tells us that we can trust that promise. Therefore, we can have hope in all situations. He is risen and alive and He is returning!
“But on the first day of the week, at early dawn, they went to the tomb, taking the spices they had prepared. And they found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they went in they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. While they were perplexed about this, behold, two men stood by them in dazzling apparel. And as they were frightened and bowed their faces to the ground, the men said to them, ‘Why do you seek the living among the dead? He is not here, but has risen. Remember how he told you, while he was still in Galilee, that the Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men and be crucified and on the third day rise.’ And they remembered his words, and returning from the tomb they told all these things to the eleven and to all the rest.”