If Easter is about anything, it’s about hope conquering hopelessness, eternal life defeating death, and God’s grace prevailing over Satan’s condemnation. Easter is the best good news there is because Christ is risen. This is what Christians celebrate, and it is a message to widely proclaim with clarity and conviction. . .
Easter may be all bright, happy news, but we must appreciate the darkness of the backdrop upon which the resurrection of Jesus is painted. We easily embrace that Christ is victorious, but victory requires struggle. Recall, Holy Week begins with the Triumphal Entry, where Jesus is wildly celebrated as he enters Jerusalem. He is the people’s rock star, but things change fast.
The Savior of the world hits the lowest point of His life just days later. By Thursday evening Jesus is in the depths of despair. As Luke 22:41-44 relays:
And he withdrew from them about a stone’s throw, and knelt down and prayed, saying, ‘Father, if you are willing, remove this cup from me. Nevertheless, not my will, but yours, be done.’ And there appeared to him an angel from heaven, strengthening him. And being in agony he prayed more earnestly; and his sweat became like great drops of blood falling down to the ground.
“And being in agony, he prayed.” Consider these words about God Himself. That is part of the great wonder of the central truth of Christianity. Have you ever been in agony, seemingly without hope? Most of us have. But we can take great hope in the mysterious fact that God Himself — while remaining fully God — has experienced it too. (Read more from “Why Easter’s Holy Week Means Hope for the Downcast” HERE)