Personal Reflections: Easter brings hope to a broken world

Some days when the cruelty of man to man or people to beasts of any kind gets me down, I try to take comfort of a sort in the fact that nothing is new under the sun. This has been with us from eternity. Nothing can be said to have never been done before. It has always been part of our lives, unfortunately, forever.

The King James Version, Ecclesiastes 1:9 confirms this is the case. The statement means that these terrible acts have always been with us. It says, “That which has been is what will be, that which is done is what will be done, and there is nothing new under the sun.” That should scare us.

Christians have a much better understanding of what our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ went through when being judged and crucified. Thanks to good preachers and authentic, but horrifying movies. We know the madness that precipitated this. We know the real truth about how horrid this time was for our Lord.

We read often, in the papers or see on the news casts or online that people are continuing in this cruel and unfeeling way. They do not value life in many cases. They feel whatever they want to do that pleases them is okay and so hurt and harm, maim and kill without a moments’ hesitation.

People should be horrified by the news and frightened to even venture from their homes but, somehow we are stronger than that and have minds that overcome the madness and feelings of hope for the world and humanity. That strength and hope comes from our faith, but also from other people- the good ones. These are the folks who care for others well-being more than their own. Who carry on despite great odds and succeed or at least survive what others feared they never would be able to do.

At this Easter season, we must have hope. We must renew our spirit and look ahead to what we can look forward to and how we can make success happen. We must remember all the good in the world and the love that people share with us and be grateful for it. We must thank God he gave his son to die for our sins and rise again to complete our salvation and offer us hope in a broken world. We must be able to look beyond the cruelty and misery and know there is something better in store for us and accept it. We must remember God has a plan for each one of us and embrace it. Trust him to know what is best and let him lead us. Pray for guidance since God said ask and it shall be received.

Don’t doubt, even when the world wishes you to believe God, Jesus the resurrection and heaven are myths. Refuse to succumb to this false idea as born again Christians know our God is a real God. They know Jesus died for our sins and rose again from the dead to give us everlasting life.

Tomorrow as Easter sunrise occurs, make sure you can truthfully say, “He is raised. He is risen indeed.” God bless us all.

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