Hope. That is the central element of the Easter story. In the resurrection of Jesus we are given hope and the assurance that death cannot and will not win.
Make yourself ready then—again—to be overtaken by the magnificent good news that Jesus is alive, risen to glory.
Allow the truth of his life to take on new life within your heart.next >
That same hour they got up and returned to Jerusalem; and they found the eleven and their companions gathered together. They were saying, “The Lord has risen indeed, and he has appeared to Simon!” Then they told what had happened on the road, and how he had been made known to them in the breaking of the bread.
Luke 24:33–35next >
Jesus really has risen! When we get that, we have to tell others. We have to tell them about how it feels to be truly loved, truly seen, deeply known. We have to tell them that, even though we make many mistakes and hurt many people—including ourselves—we have an unrelenting opportunity to experience grace because of Jesus; because Jesus has made himself known to us.
When Jesus broke bread with the two disciples and they suddenly understood, they ran or hitched or hiked all the way back to Jerusalem—seven miles away, back to the place they had left just that morning.
What has God made known to you? That you are loved? That you can love? That you can laugh? That you need to risk in order to truly live? That you can grow by giving up rather than getting?
What has God made known to you? And what will your response be once you know?
Gina Yeager-Buckleynext >
Oh God, you have made yourself known to me. Help me recognize you now! You have given me your promise and your gifts. Help me to reach out for them—to receive them. You ask me to share your love, to heal the sick, to care for others—help me respond in a way that reflects your invitation! Amen.next >
Resurrection changes things—
Each and every day.
Believing makes all the difference.
Even when you have your doubts,
Jesus remains close by.
Now go to tell others about
The life-changing love Christ offers.
Gina Yeager- Buckley serves as the associate for ministries with youth, Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). Gina lives and works in Louisville, Kentucky, and is married to Andrew.
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