We live in a world where people put their faith in all sorts of things. Money, success, career, power, status. We also put our hope in people. There is this very natural human desire to put our faith and our hope in something, to believe in something or someone better than ourselves, and a way of life, a way of seeing the world that is better than we have right now.
We want to believe it.
We need to believe it.
Indeed, we were created to believe it.
The problem of course, is that we put all this into people and desires we really shouldn’t. That maybe aren’t bad in themselves, but we put in the wrong place in our lives. One of the reasons we have become so cynical as a culture is because we put impossible expectations on leaders and public figures.
Culture and media encourages us to do this. It’s so easy we can do, and we’re so trained to do it that we can often begin to do this subconsciously.
Then what happens is whatever or whoever it is inevitably doesn’t deliver on what we expect.
So naturally we become cynical.
We lose faith in hope.
We begin to believe it isn’t real.
So it becomes more and more difficult for outsiders to put their trust in Jesus.
Sometimes, it becomes harder for Christians too as well.
The church doesn’t help this either. With the politics, in-fighting, legalism and scandals that have rocked the traditional big denominations in particular in recent years, people look at the church and become cynical of that as well. You can hardly blame them either.
Which brings us to today. Resurrection Sunday.
The day where we celebrate the raising of Jesus from the dead.
This is the day which shows that hope is not a myth or a fantasy. That have no reason to be cynical about this leader, this God.
Resurrection Sunday is where Jesus delivers. He fulfills all the prophecies made about Him – by others and by Himself. He triumphs over all the obstacles put in His way. He shows that all the things He taught about, the hope and salvation He promised, was not a lie.
It was true.
It is real.
We can trust it.
We live in an imperfect world led by imperfect people. Ultimately, none of us are going to get it perfectly right. Until Jesus comes back the human race will never be totally in tune with God, no matter how long we last.
That includes those that follow Him. It includes His church and it’s leaders.
But at the end of the day, we don’t believe and trust in the church. We don’t believe and trust in Christians. We don’t follow rules and regulations.
We trust in and have a relationship with a living God – and His Son Jesus, through the Holy Spirit.
Jesus, who lived as one of us, became one us and died as one of us. Who was raised from the dead by the power of God. Who delivered on all His promises to us, and continues to do so.
A Jesus who sees us at our worst but loves us anyway.
A Jesus who knows our failings but chooses to die for us.
A Jesus who has on the cross and in His resurrection reconciled every one of us back to God.
Resurrection Sunday has made hope no longer a myth, a distant fantasy – but put flesh and bones on it.
On Resurrection Sunday, Jesus delivers, God delivers – and hope is real.
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