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The hope of Easter

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The Easter season is here! Hopefully spring will come and stay with this great holiday.  Easter will be a celebration of the resurrection of Jesus Christ and the hope that it brings to believers.  Easter Sunday is often the most attended services at most churches.  I hope you have the opportunity to worship this year at your church. If you do not attend church or haven’t in a while, Easter will be a great opportunity for you to go and even go for the first time.

The hope of Easter is lost if we do not remember what preceded the resurrection of Christ.  We shouldn’t separate Easter from Good Friday.  On the Friday before Easter, we remember the crucifixion of Jesus Christ.  His sacrifice provided atonement for our sin, forgiveness and because of the death of Jesus we have been made righteous before God.

Good Friday is an opportunity for all of us to remember that if Jesus did not die, we have nothing to celebrate. We cannot have eternal life, except for the sacrifice for sin combined with the resurrection. On Easter Sunday we will all gather, dressed in new clothes, full of candy and will joyously celebrate. Our celebration comes after the dark realization of our sin and the hope that we no longer have to live in the pain and destruction of our sin.

Because of Jesus we have come out of darkness into the marvelous light of salvation through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.  As you celebrate this year, I pray that you find hope in the Easter season and have the opportunity to worship on Good Friday and on Easter Sunday.  

Amidst the Easter lilies, the new dresses, the candy and even the Easter Bunny, consider the significance of Easter and the true hope that comes from Good Friday and Easter Sunday.  Jesus died but now he is alive!
(Darrell Morgan is the pastor of Williamstown Baptist Church. He can be reached at 859-824-4102.)