Hope

I haven’t always been the most mechanically savvy guy… although in the last several years, YouTube has really come through for me. Until recently, if something mechanical broke, I typically gave up on it and determined that I had to go buy a new one… or just do without. But I’ve learned that carburetors can be cleaned out and a weedeater resurrected (with my father-in-law’s help. Extension cords can have the shorted wires cut out and a new connection added on to bring them back to life and usability. A plastic “T” in a heater hose can be replaced by a brass one and that system revived to make a minivan safely drivable again.

It’s funny how something so small can produce hope. It makes me believe that, if those things were able to be revived and resurrected, maybe I don’t have to give up on other broken things.

That’s what makes what we celebrated yesterday so special and important. The message of Easter is hope through resurrection. To quote Bill Gaither’s Classic song, “Because He lives, I can face tomorrow.” When Jesus rose from the dead, He conquered fear… He conquered despair… He conquered the unknown. Jesus’ resurrection said to those who follow Him that they can have hope… real, genuine, authentic hope. It took some of them a little longer to accept that He was really alive and that they could hope again, but when they encountered the resurrected Savior hope sprung to life anew in their hearts.

The resurrection of Jesus Christ says that, if He could come back from being dead, there is hope that other things in our lives which have died can also be resurrected. Dead relationships in marriage or between parents and their children can live again. Dreams which have been crushed can spring back to life once more. Health can be resurrected. Finances can be resurrected.

The message of Easter is a message we need every day, all year long… In the midst of despair and loss, don’t give up because hope can turn things around and bring things back to life.

Is there something dead in your life today that needs to be resurrected? Don’t give up. Instead give it to the One who brings hope to each situation!

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