There's a popular expression - 'cross your fingers and hope for the best'. It doesn't sound very convincing. I looked up the word 'hope' in the dictionary. The definition is: - a desire for something and confidence in the possibility of its fulfilment. So we hope that - the weather will be fine for our picnic, that Norwich will win the Championship, that we won't put on weight after overeating at Christmas. All very doubtful. That type of hope is not one I would like to base my life on.
On looking up the word 'hope' in a Biblical dictionary I read this definition: - it focuses our attention on God and fills us with eager expectation. There will never be any disappointment but you will be filled with patience, encouragement and enthusiasm. That is infinitely more appealing.
In Colossians 1: 27 it says 'Christ in us the hope of glory'. It's Jesus living in us which is our hope (certainty) of breaking free from sin and failure. And Jesus only comes to live in us when we believe in what happened at Easter. His death upon the cross on Good Friday and His glorious resurrection on Easter Sunday bringing us life and hope.
Wishing you all a very blessed Easter.
Tony and Jane
Our Easter Sunday service will be at 10.00 a.m. (Please note the change in time). As this would normally be Breakfast Church Sunday we are inviting you to join us for a special breakfast. However, there won't be any craft time. We will be enjoying worship followed by an Easter message. We aim to finish by 11.45 a.m. so everyone can be home to get lunch.