On Good Friday, the day that Jesus was crucified, all hope seemed to have been lost. Jesus’ followers were devastated—this man, who they believed was the One who would save them, had died. What hope was left in the wake of such tragedy? But on Easter morning, He rose from the grave. And suddenly, hope came flooding back. There is now hope for forgiveness, hope for a relationship with God, hope beyond the grave—because Jesus conquered sin and death, forgave our sins, and made us right before God. And all we have to do is believe.
Does anything in your life feel hopeless? Something that feels beyond the reach of goodness and redemption? We all experience seasons or situations in life that seem beyond hope. But when Jesus rose from the dead, he made a way back to hope. And because of that, not only can we overcome our personal circumstances, but we can experience forgiveness of sins and a renewed relationship with God. That’s what Easter is all about. That’s why we celebrate.