Every Day is Easter!
Wednesday, April, 23, 2014 | 12:00 AM | by asmith
If you look on a world map and focus on the vast Pacific Ocean, you can spot a small speck of land called Easter Island. A Dutch navigator named Jacob Roggeveen named this tiny place in Polynesia “Easter Island” since the explorer encountered it on Easter Sunday of 1722. Because of the island’s appealing name, people flock to it each Easter. After a short visit on this uniquely named location, the tourists climb aboard the boats and go back to the mainland. Their visit to Easter is finished.
My friend, Easter is not merely an island or even a day to be visited; but it is God’s invitation to experience His Living Hope. Easter should become our daily experience of living with the risen Savior. Easter is the pulsating heartbeat of the Christian faith. That is why God’s Word proclaims, “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. In His great mercy, He has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.” (1 Peter 1:3)
The Living Hope of Easter made it possible for the Apostle Paul to write from prison, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” (Philippians 4:13) The Living Hope of Easter enabled the fearless missionary David Livingston to affirm, “I go through the jungles of Africa because my Jesus is by my side.” The Living Hope of Easter compelled Savonarola to proclaim before he was martyred for his faith, “They may tear me to pieces and kill me, but they shall never tear from my heart the presence of my Christ.” God’s Living Hope enables you to face the harsh tribulations of this fallen world with faith and courage that will lead you to God’s victory on earth and for eternity.
Hear God’s call: Do not simply visit Easter, but choose to experience the resurrected Savior’s Living Hope everyday and in every way!