Easter always has with it a promise.
A promise of resurrection.
A promise of redemption.
For many of us, it is the promise of a new beginning.
Whatever the promise is to you, hold on to it. Never forget it.
But, the fulfillment of that promise requires two things from us.
First, you need to believe.
You need to believe in Christ’s resurrection.
You need to believe in God’s redemption.
You need to believe that today marks the day of your new beginning—be it in your family life, at work, or the fulfillment of your dreams.
Second, you need to take action.
It was after the resurrection when Jesus commissioned the disciples to go and make disciples of all nations in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. (Matthew 28:19) He didn’t just say, “Go and believe.” The promise was always meant to be shared.
To make your dreams come true, you also cannot just believe it. You cannot simply day dream. You have to make things happen. Usually, making things happen involves helping someone else out. To make your dreams come true, help other make theirs come true. The promise is meant to be shared.
Lastly, before the promise, there usually is pain and suffering.
Before Easter, there was Good Friday.
Before the resurrection, there was the passion.
Before your new beginning, something has to end—for better or for worse. No matter what ends, be it something good or something bad, there’s a part of us that doesn’t want to let go. Maybe it’s a habit, a memory, or even a person. But, we have to let go if it in order to be all in with the promise.
It is only by letting go that we can move forward and look ahead to the promise.
What’s the promise for you this Easter?