by Ernest Easley

The Hope of Easter
Ernest Easley
1 Corinthians 15

If there was ever a day that gives us hope, it is resurrection Sunday! In fact ...that's why the church gathers week by week on Sunday, the Lord's Day for worship, rather than on Saturday, the Sabbath: to celebrate and commemorate the resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ!

In fact, every Sunday is a celebration of the empty tomb! A celebration that Jesus is alive!

It's the empty tomb of Jesus that gives us HOPE! Hope in the here-in-now and hope in the here-after! And don't get the idea that the HOPE I'm talking about is a HOPE-SO kind of HOPE. No-Sir-Ree! I'm talking about a KNOW-SO kind of HOPE!

The HOPE of forgiveness. The HOPE of peace. The HOPE of assurance. The HOPE of Heaven. And that HOPE is centered in the person of Jesus Christ. It certainly was for King David Psalm 39.7, ''.. My hope is in You.'' Psalm 71.5, ''For You are my hope, O Lord GOD; You are my trust from my youth.''

With your HOPE in the resurrected Jesus ... you can make it! I don't know a more sad word in the English language than 'hopeless.'' A few weeks ago my sister and I were going through some of our Fathers belongings after he slipped into heaven after a five year battle with leukemia. . We came across his 7th grade report card.

Now you educators will find this interesting. In the Fall of 1941 ... his 7th grade report card showed the grading scale on the back of it. A, B, C, D, F, and something I had never seen before: the letter G! I never knew there was a grade you could get below F for failure, but back then there was. I mean, what could be worse that an F, FAILURE? Worse than an F was a G! And out beside the letter G was a one word explanation: HOPELESS!

Now you talk about a bad semester! HOPELESS! Worse than Failing is Hopeless! And that is what life is without Jesus: Hopeless! But oh ... what makes resurrection Sunday a celebration, is The Hope of Easter! And that's what I want to talk to you about for just ...

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