April 14, 2006
Jesus said to her, “Mary!” She turned and said to Him, “Rabboni!” (which is to say, Teacher). Jesus said to her, “Do not cling to Me, for I have not yet ascended to My Father; but go to My brethren and say to them, ‘I am ascending to My Father and your Father, and to My God and your God.’” Mary Magdalene came and told the disciples that she had seen the Lord, and that He had spoken these things to her.
The hope that Mary Magdalene experienced the day of Jesus’ resurrection is the same hope you and I will celebrate this Easter Sunday.
For you see, my friend, this HOPE...
Helps you. It helps you cope with the darkness of disappointment. When you know Jesus Christ, you see Easter as more than a religious observance. It is the reality of a personal relationship with Jesus Christ!
Opens to you the possibility of restoration after defeat. Because Jesus came back from the grave, you can be restored and renewed, no matter how defeated you may feel.
Provides you an answer when you doubt. Today, you may be wondering if all this is really true. If so, I advise you to sincerely search for God with all your heart by reading the Bible and listening to His Word being preached. Because He will show Himself strong on your behalf.
Enables you to conquer death. Through your trust in Christ, you will live forever in eternity with Him.
Did you know that 60 percent of Americans will go to church this Easter? And did you know that only 25 percent of those who go even know Easter’s true meaning?
I don’t want you to miss the true meaning of Easter! Because Jesus Christ lives, you can be forgiven of your sins, you can live a fulfilling life, and you can be free!
YOU CAN HAVE HOPE TODAY BECAUSE OF CHRIST’S RESURRECTION!