We can face anything, endure anything, as long as we know or believe it will not last for ever, and that something better will happen. What all this underlines is the importance of hope. Hope is as necessary for the spirit as bread for the body. It is amazing what the human spirit can endure and overcome provided it is nourished by the bread of hope.
Easter provides an enormous injection of hope for the human spirit. And how much it is needed. There is a lot of tragedy in life. Good things are destroyed. Good people are cut down like Jesus. He too was cut down. But he rose again.
Jesus rose as a sign to those who loved him and followed him that God’s love is stronger than death. The resurrection of Jesus must too be separated from the resurrection of humanity saved by him. By entering fully into human life, and by experiencing the bitterness of death, Jesus became a Brother and Saviour to all people. The death of Jesus was part of God’s plan. Jesus is the Pioneer and Leader of our salvation: pointing the way and leading the way along the road of obedience and suffering.
Faith in the resurrection of Jesus is the basis of our hope of eternal life, a hope which enables us to bear patiently in the trials of life. Therefore, there is a quiet joy among us and a deep sense of peace because we know that life is stronger than death, love is stronger than fear, and hope is stronger than despair.

Excerpt from GPBS In Focus Article available at

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