When I was a child I loved getting candy on Easter Sunday morning. But in spite of the heavenly experience of gorging on chocolate and sugar coated peeps, there was something the Easter Bunny never brought me…Hope.
The writer of Hebrews said, “Since therefore the children share in flesh and blood, he himself likewise partook of the same things, that through death he might destroy the one who has the power of death, that is, the devil, and deliver all those who through fear of death were subject to lifelong slavery. For surely it is not angels that he helps, but he helps the offspring of Abraham. Therefore he had to be made like his brothers in every respect, so that he might become a merciful and faithful high priest in the service of God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people. For because he himself has suffered when tempted, he is able to help those who are being tempted.” Hebrews 2:14-18 ESV
Jesus stepped out of Heaven and into a mortal body to ransom us from ourselves and the death that sin brings. He has walked in our shoes and suffered beyond what we will ever suffer, so that we would have a hope and a future beyond what we could ever imagine. The gift of eternity with the Father brings much more joy than that found in a chocolate bunny. It came through 33 years of sinless humanity, a bloody cross that didn’t keep Him, and an empty grave that couldn’t hold Him.
I’ve learned that the difficulties in this life can easily overwhelm us to the point of despair, but Jesus knows that. I’ve learned that the pain and anxiety from the burdens of this world can seemingly crush our spirits, but Jesus knows that, too. I’ve also learned that Satan loves to fill us with regrets over the “what ifs” of our past decisions which can consume us at times, but our hope lies not in the pain of our past but rather in the anticipation of what lies ahead. Our hope is found in the certainty that Jesus takes the brokenness of yesterday and turns it into a beautiful tomorrow while he walks with us through the opportunity of today.
“You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you.” Isaiah 26:3
…and an ocassional chocolate bunny never hurt anyone.