What does Easter mean to you? To me it means I have hope. You see only true believers in Jesus Christ have real hope in the world. Now, I didn’t say only believers have any good things happen to them. Bad and good things happen to all—believers and unbelievers alike. I didn’t say only believers have anything they hope for. Everyone has things in life to hope for—a new job, a better job, for things to go better in the job they are in, a baby, the right person to marry, better health.
Only believers, however, have a hope for the most important thing in life—forgiveness of sin and a home in heaven when they die. If you’re reading this and are not a believer, you have no hope for the most important thing in life, just as I once did not. The hope I now have, not a wish for kind of hope, but the kind of hope the Bible offers, a total assurance, came because Jesus Christ rose from the dead all the years ago, giving assurance of eternal life to all who trust in Him. That is what Easter is about. If you’re reading this and He is your Savior, why don’t you tell someone else of your hope?
Ephesians 2:12-13 speak of a time when those of us who now trust in Christ had not yet and had no real hope in life and of how our life changed after we did: “That at that time ye were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world: 13. But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ.”
Romans 8:24 speaks of the hope we have, even though we have never seen Christ in the flesh: “For we are saved by hope: but hope that is seen is not hope: for what a man seeth, why doth he yet hope for?”
Our hope has given us a home in heaven, when we trust the blood of Christ for the forgiveness of our sins, as Colossians 1:5 teaches: “For the hope which is laid up for you in heaven, whereof ye heard before in the word of the truth of the gospel.”
As John 3:16 teaches, Jesus the Son of God, died for the sins of the whole world, and anyone who trust His blood has everlasting life, instead of everlasting judgment. 1 Corinthians 15:1-8 teach that not only did He die, but after He was buried, He rose again, and was seen many times by many witnesses.
Romans 10: 9 teaches that if we confess Him with our mouth and believe He rose from the dead, we will be saved: “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.”
I would urge you to ask Him to be your Savior if you never have and find true hope. If you have, I would urge you to tell others about your hope.