This Resurrection Sunday looks very different than years past for a lot of us. I know in our household, we’re used to spending this holiday with family, hopping between gorging ourselves on Korean food to my mother’s lasagna. This is the first year we’ll be spending Easter inside, with just the two of us, and without physically seeing our loved ones in person.
I would be lying if I said that the reality of this and the other ways this situation has affected our world, hadn’t hit us. That I wasn’t experiencing a deep longing for us all to be reunited again. I mean, how do we reconcile being hopeful for better days to come when it feels like all we’re surrounded by is bad news?
But then I remember what this day represents for those of us who are believers. It represents the fact that we believe that Jesus died on a Friday and rose on a Sunday. That despite the despair and discouragement believers felt at that time who truly believed he had died, hope came rushing through on Sunday morning in the form of a risen King. I think about how the believers of that time must’ve felt. To put your entire faith and hope into someone, who you then witnessed be brutally killed. In some ways, it’s a lot like how I’ve found myself feeling lately where I’m hoping, believing, and praying for better days, but finding myself discouraged some days by the bad news that seems to be prevalent each time you turn on the news. The higher number of cases, the higher number of deaths a day. It seems never-ending.
But there is hope and that hope came on a Sunday, much like today.
For us as believers, that’s the hope we personally hold onto daily and even more so now that we’re in the midst of such horrible things.
That Christ is risen.
That Christ died and rose on the third day for us.
That we have eternal life and eternal hope through Christ.
That better days are coming.
I don’t know if you’re a believer, but even if you are not, we hope that today brings you peace that surpasses all understanding. That as you find yourself grappling with some hard things that you may still hope for better days to come knowing that we’ll get get through this together.
Happy Easter! We love you all!