“My Hope for Holy Week”
If you haven’t figured it out by now, our church staff has high hopes for Easter and the week leading up to it. We hope our members will be filled with passion to participate and serve. We hope that folks will be excited to share what is happening with their neighbors. We hope that many will have a desire to gain a deeper understanding of Jesus’ sacrifice for us. We hope that God will use our efforts so that many will come to believe in Jesus and be saved! The Merriam-Webster definition of hope is “to want something to happen or be true.” And this definition accurately defines our hope for the things listed above. We want these things to happen or come true.
But when we invite people to “Experience Hope” during our Holy Week services, we are inviting them to something much more than merely wanting future things to be true. Hebrews 11:1 tells us that “faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.” We aren’t leading people to expectantly look forward to what might happen, but rather having them look with assurance of what will happen and knowing our future is secure in Christ. As we see how Jesus perfectly fulfills every prophesy, gives authoritative out-of-this-world teaching, serves those who are unworthy, identifies with us in pain, endures physical torture, stands in our place to take on the wrath of God, and rises from the dead to new life we will find that we can be fully confident that what we hope for will come true. There is no opposition or variables that have ever stopped God from fulfilling His promises nor will there ever be.
So if you have faith in Jesus, your hope is secure. You can be confident that God’s promise of eternal life in a perfect, pain-free kingdom is a reality for you because of the sacrifice of our loving Savior Jesus Christ. I hope you walk victoriously and joyfully knowing without a doubt that these future events are true. And as you spend your days on this earth, I hope you have a burning desire in your heart for others to experience that same hope.
Easter is a time where people in our culture are prone to visit a church. Many, even those who have attended numerous Easter services, still walk around without any understanding of their purpose in this life or any hope of what will happen after this life. Will you join us in inviting our neighbors to come and experience hope this Easter season?
It’s a joy to serve with you all,