Sunrise Hope at Easter

20140317_065922No wonder so many people love to attend Easter sunrise services. A sunrise represents hope, and so it is the perfect representation of the hope we find in the message of Easter.

Few events can be counted on to occur day after day, but the rising of the sun is one of them. Even on a cloudy day, when the heat and light of the sun may be minimized, we can still see that the sun did indeed rise once again!

And how grateful we are for the blessing of the sun in our lives. Without it, we would be in perpetual darkness. Without it, plant life on the earth, including the flowers and trees that bring us so much joy, would shrivel and die. All the beauty we look forward to this time of year when spring begins to bloom would cease to exist. In fact, all of life would eventually disappear from the earth, all because we lost the sun.

Our life on earth is marked by the number of sunrises and sunsets we experience, but do we really experience them? Do we appreciate the sun and the majesty of the Creation that allows it to shine day after day, or do we take it for granted? The first rays of a sunrise are subtle at best. Slowly the darkness begins to fade as the sun makes its way toward the horizon, but then as the giant orb of fire climbs up into view the entire sky changes color. The sunrise can look different each and every day, but because we can count on it to happen without fail, it’s a wonderful symbol for the hope we have in Jesus Christ—the hope that is an anchor for the soul, firm and secure (Hebrews 6:19).

It was a dark, bleak day when Jesus was crucified on the cross—the worst day His followers had ever known. And yet when the grieving women ran to the tomb early in the morning of the third day, after the sun had risen, they were greeted with the glorious news of the resurrection! Praise God we can be sure that those who believe in His Son will also know the glory of everlasting life. We can be even more certain of that than we are of the sunrise! For no matter what darkness our life holds, one day we will be bathed in the light of heaven forever.

The next time we are blessed to watch a sunrise, and especially on Easter morning, we should bask in the hope that it represents. It’s a hope that never fades, and never disappoints.

Comments

  1. Happy Resurrection Day!
    Save travels…
    Jimmie

  2. Jan Keller says:

    Easter is the ultimate ‘Good Morning!’

  3. Betty Van Liere says:

    Thank you once again, Nancy, for sharing your special thoughts. You brighten my day. Have a God-blessed Easter. Betty.

  4. I LOVE this. Just recently I commented to a friend it is no wonder the ancients worshipped the sun – it IS so amazing as it rises/sets and comes every single day. What a privilege to know and worship the Creator, the one who ordered the seasons, who hung the sun in it’s place and brings that hope that, as you say, never disappoints. He is risen!!!

  5. Beautifully written, Nancy. Easter blessings to you and your family.

  6. alice scott-ferguson says:

    hope perfectly framed

  7. Thank you, Alice. HE is the source of all hope!

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