April 12, 2022 Oak Harbor First United Methodist Church

Hope Is Here! by David

Hope Is Here! by David

My beloved family, Easter is a time when we remember that we are a victorious people. Too frequently, we live with daily, even painful reminders that we have many failed stories. Defeat and depression often cause people to acquiesce to the belief that this is all we are capable of, and all we will ever be as a fallen race. 

Jesus came to reverse the curse of sin and death and to lift our eyes, and spirits, above the concession of living as a failed rejection. What is most powerful to me about Jesus is that the last, lost, and least of these are elevated as worthy candidates of full acceptance as beloved children of the Most High God! 

There are so many aspects of these past two Covid years that have felt demoralizing. We lost our togetherness, momentum, confidence in our story, clarity for our future, and energy to persevere. These have been hard times. Perhaps more than ever before, we need to reclaim our resurrection heritage. 

Jesus came to liberate us from sin and death; from discouraged thinking and defeated living; from exhausted hopes and downcast spirits! Our outlook on life needs an ICU encounter with Easter hope! 

Zig Ziegler once said, “Your input determines your outlook. Your outlook determines your output and your output determines your future.” Living with a resurrection mindset means believing a more positive report than what your human eyes can yet see! Or, as Elisha once said to his fearful and overwhelmed servant, “Those who are for us are more than those who are against us!” (2 Kings 6:16). 

I want to encourage us to feast deeply on encouragement this week! I want us to reclaim the story of confidence in a God who raises up dead things (like people, relationships, land, jobs, economies, schools, civility, international peace, neighbor love, and a holy respect for those who may think differently than us! Resurrection is about the promise of new life and a breakthrough of hope. 

May God speak resurrection life over our church family as we come out of cultural hibernation and into renewed spiritual engagement! “When you pass through the waters, I will be with you!” (Isaiah 43:2).

Welcome Easter! Welcome New Life! We have been waiting for you so long!