The Hope Found In The Easter Message

by Pastor Bob Coddington
With the birth of Jesus came a Hope for mankind. As Jesus began His teaching, this spark of hope ignited a glowing flame. Then came Calvary and the day we know as “Good Friday.” With this event, the flame was replaced with fear, the likes of which had not been seen before.
The darkness, which was seen by those at Calvary during the Crucifixion, could be seen in the hearts and minds of those witnessing that event.
When we are motivated by confusion and fear, we tend to lose our hope. The only thing that can restore hope and eliminate fear is the Easter Message.
Right in the very midst of the things that would bring this fear and confusion we find the Scriptures telling us, “Don’t be afraid.”
For God has not given His people the spirit of fear, but He has given to them a spirit of power and of love and of a sound mind. (2 Timothy 1:7)
God’s message is clear, then and now.
Fear not, for I have redeemed thee, you are mine! (Isaiah 43:1)
Here are some additional scriptures that you might find helpful.
Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid. (John 14:27)
Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:6-7)
Even though I walk
through the darkest valley,
I will fear no evil,
for you are with me;
your rod and your staff,
they comfort me. (Psalm 23:4)
Dear Lord, Thanks for the Scriptures that remind us that you are in control, that our fear can be minimized if we but look to the Heavens and place our trust totally in You, the HOPE of all mankind.

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