Easter Sunday is the day we gather to celebrate that the stone which sealed the life and love of God has been rolled away. Our hopes are alive in the resurrection of Jesus.

God’s Word speaks of this hope as an “anchor for the soul” (Hebrews 6:19). An anchor keeps a ship steady in a storm. An anchor will keep a boat from drifting in the strong wind. Hope is often the unspoken strength that allows us to rise each day and face the uncertainties of life. In the midst of our losses and let downs, we can anchor our soul with divine strength. But what do you do when you feel hope is gone?

The Easter story doesn’t begin in the bright sunshine. It begins at dawn when it is still dark. It begins with an individual…. Mary Magdalene. Luke tells us that Mary was broken by evil demons that chained her to sin (Luke 8:2). That was before she met Jesus and set her free. Jesus proved to her that He was more powerful than all the powers around her and within her. Jesus came to her town and saw into her soul. He did something no one else could do and she never forgot. She was the first to the tomb because she loved HIm.

She came in love, but she also came in darkness. It wasn’t just darkness of the sky, but a darkness in her soul. Her love was strong, but her hope had nothing to hang on to. Jesus was gone and the world without Him was dark – around her and within her. 

As you know, this isn’t the end of the story. She meets the risen Jesus. 

For you, this Easter may begin like Mary’s – a world that is dark and difficult …a world where people we love leave us far too soon. But the hope of Easter can see us in our darkness. It’s not a hope of fairy tales or make-believe. It is a hope that reaches the real world of our pain and loss to fill us with joy and strength. Just like Mary, Easter can give us hope.

Join me this Sunday, April 21, for our Easter service. My sermon is simply called “The Hope of Easter” from John 20:1-18. We’ll learn hope for our past, our present and our future. Our world needs some hope. Your family needs hope. You need hope. Hope is found in Jesus. He is alive!

Join us this Sunday @ 10:30 a.m.

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