Finding Hope in Easter

Easter is a season of hope, joy, forgiveness, new life and freedom. This Easter will not be marked in the “usual” way. Instead, society are being asked to be creative in finding alternative ways of celebrating the final events in the life of Christ, which are at the heart of our faith and the high point of our church year, culminating in the Resurrection of Christ.

Our Lenten journey thus far was dominated by the current crisis plaguing our world. With the closure of our churches, mass attendance was transformed – it is now online and/or broadcast on the radio. In a similar way, life in general changed. Social distancing, online teaching and learning, business closures, cocooning and hand sanitizer have all become society’s new normalities.

It is therefore, true to say that no one was prepared to give up quite so much this lent!

These societal changes will create a very different Easter for everyone. Everyone will be effected by this in different ways. Consequently, this is a time to hold onto hope, and to find joy in this new way of life. The very definition and realities of “isolation” conjures up emotions of loneliness. However, the Lord implores his people to “do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed…I will strengthen you and help you”. (Isaiah 41:10) Therefore, “do not lose heart… our inner self is being renewed day by day”. (2 Corinthians 4:16 -18)The true meaning of Easter – Jesus Christ’s victory over death carries with it the ultimate sign of hope. The Easter celebrations honours and recognizes Jesus Christ's resurrection from the dead. “He is not here, for he has risen”. (Matthew 28:6)

Therefore, embracing this “new” way of life, will require the strength and courage Jesus Christ exemplified during his death and resurrection. Consequently, this will shed new light on our current problems.

This Easter hope will take our joy and belief and ask Jesus for healing for ourselves. In order to better cope with the worries society is facing every day.