How Easter reminds us to live in hope

Susanne Maynes  ·  Mar 30, 2020

Last week at our church, our pastor did something a little unusual. He handed out a list of prayer needs regarding people in our congregation and their loved ones.

My church isn’t huge; we run around 400 on an average Sunday. But I looked at the typed pages in my hand and felt a little overwhelmed.

Cancer. Shoulder injuries. Autoimmune disease. Back and neck issues. Neurological disorders. Diabetes. Depression. That’s not even all the categories, nor was every need of our congregation on the list.

So much need. So much brokenness and frailty. So much death at work in our bodies and souls.

Which is why I find it ironic when I hear the grandiose claims of secular humanism and the new spirituality—claims that we are getting better and better every day and in every way, that we have life by the tail and we are all that.

Are we really?

Pastor and author Matt Chandler points out that the very strongest human being on the planet still needs to sleep away a third of his life just to feel good enough to carry out the other two thirds.

Truth is, we are profoundly weak. We are needy. We lack many of the answers that we seek.

That’s where hope comes in. Not hope as in, “I hope it will work out somehow,” but hope as in the sidekick of faith—faith in an all-powerful, loving God.

My human weakness is a helpful sign post which points me to Someone stronger than me.

That Someone took all our infirmity on Himself when He suffered the thirty-nine lashes. Then He shouldered a cruel cross and dragged it down the road to the spot where He would be executed.

Why? Because we do not have the strength to face our own sin, let alone pay for it.

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