Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Easter Week

Easter Week


          This is the week where we reflect on the most powerful stories of conflict in Scripture.  In order to be a big hero you need to win a big fight.  It’s our experience in life, and we see it in almost every work of literature.

          What we see in the Easter story is the epic battle between the all loving Creator God against the incredible power of the loves of self and the world. And it seems, for a time that the forces of darkness and pain have won.   Now it was about the sixth hour, and there was darkness over all the earth until the ninth hour (Luke 23:44).

          For a time, both in the stories recorded in the Gospels, and in our own lives in times of temptation and trial, it does seem like the powers of darkness have succeeded in taking away the joy of our lives.  And that’s when we are supposed to remember the next part of the story.  On Easter morning the women found the tomb empty.  Life and joy had won out over darkness and pain.  And we are left with the assurance that if He can win this battle, He has the power to help us win all of ours, if we but ask for His help.

Jim Cooper
Pastor, Olivet Church


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