Easter is about Hope

The following is an Easter message from Bishop of Bridgetown The Reverend Dr Charles Jason Gordon

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

Easter is about Hope! Death that gives way to life! Despair that gives way to new Joy!

This is not always recognized, as the two men on the way to Emmaus realized (Lk 24:13-35). “Their eyes were opened in the breaking of the bread.” They were still in despair, recounting all the terrible things that happened, although there was reason for great hope.  Hope had visited them yet they could not see. Their eyes and their hearts were closed.

Is it possible that we, like the two men on the journey to Emmaus, walk in despair because our eyes and hearts are closed to who is with us? It is an interesting thing, Jesus accompanied them for a long distance and they still could not recognize him.

Recognizing that Jesus is with us is the difference between despair and hope. Hope is being confident that God will never abandon us. Hope is at the heart of our faith. Easter provides the greatest hope for us. We are Easter people – people of hope. This Easter I pray that through His Grace our eyes will be opened.  I pray that we will be able to recognize Him in the breaking of the bread; that we will recognize that He is with us for every step of our journey.

What is the challenge that has brought you to despair this Lent? The Risen Christ is here with you in that challenge. How do we recognize Him? Think back on the journey and see all the positives that happened and all the blessings that the challenge brought, and then you will recognize that it is Christ our Lord who is risen and with you!

Where is your challenge? Is it in your family? Is it in your country or workplace?

This Easter I invite you to see your family, or country or workplace through the eyes of the Risen Christ – through the eyes of hope and love. Stop looking at what is wrong and begin to contemplate what is right, what is true and what is noble. Pray to Christ who is risen and ask Him to open your eyes so that you could see Him present even in the messiness of your life. Present in the breaking of the bread – The Eucharist.

Faith is belief in the person; that Jesus is Son of God, risen from the dead, the great I Am. Hope is belief that Jesus can and will do what He promises; that we can hold on to His promises and know that we are secure. In a recent challenge I heard the Lord say: “Put your hand in mine and do not let go”. That is what I have done; that is the source of my hope! This is where my joy springs from.

Hope is different from optimism. The latter suggests that things will get better. Hope suggests that even if things get worse, from our perspective, God is still in charge and working through this situation for his Glory to be seen. The events of that first Holy Week went from bad to worse and then some. But Jesus’ complete unfailing trust in His Abba, turned the worst human experience ever, into a very bright light of hope. Hope requires trust and surrender to God.

No matter what the challenge you face, never give way to discouragement. The risen Christ is with you on your journey. My best advice to you is “Put your hand in his and do not let go”. Christ is risen. Alleluia!

A BLESSED AND PEACEFUL EASTER TO YOU AND YOUR LOVED ONES.

The Most Reverend Dr Charles Jason Gordon

Bishop of Bridgetown

17 Responses to Easter is about Hope

  1. Mariam Makeba
    Mariam Makeba April 14, 2017 at 11:17 am

    Tell me which of the books in the Bible I can go and read about Easter.

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    • Jennifer April 14, 2017 at 12:28 pm

      @Mariam Makeba – In the book of acts 12:4. Read carefully in 12: verse 3, about the FEAST of UNLEAVENED bread. So to make it clear there 2 feast being celebrated in the land. The land of Israel at this time was infiltrated by the Romans e.g herod, pilate, Festus, Agrippa Bernice Ch 25) who was celebrating THEIR holiday Easter. So here we are today still celebrating the white plantation owner given holiday of EASTER, eating rabbit eggs and doing egg hunts and making cakes to the queen of heaven Asteroth.

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  2. Oneil Shalom Mitzvah Hall
    Oneil Shalom Mitzvah Hall April 14, 2017 at 11:55 am

    Easter is Pagan!

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  3. Swindley Edwards
    Swindley Edwards April 14, 2017 at 12:23 pm

    I hope you stop misleading weak minded people with BS. It is 2017

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  4. Genavease Taylor
    Genavease Taylor April 14, 2017 at 1:50 pm

    Hope your case before the law court had a good ending

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  5. Mazie Taylor
    Mazie Taylor April 14, 2017 at 2:41 pm

    Jesus birth death ressurection return Saviour Lord King Alpha and Omega ….. I’m glad about what He did for us and who He is.Seasons and Time of celebration will help people remember Him. God cannot be dismissed He’s Almighty Eternal.Praise Him

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  6. Oneil Shalom Mitzvah Hall
    Oneil Shalom Mitzvah Hall April 14, 2017 at 3:33 pm

    Passover is about hope! Jesus celebrated Passover, He died on Passover, after His death .. 1 Cor 5:6 Paul celebrated Passover! Jesus is not accustom to Easter!

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  7. Bonita Weekes
    Bonita Weekes April 14, 2017 at 5:02 pm

    Year after year the same foolish date, no matter what you call it, it’s the time when the death, burial and resurrection of Christ is celebrated. The Hindu community not so long ago celebrated a festival, The Muslims have Ramadan and I don’t see or hear people arguring about that. The Jews have passover and you don’t argue either. When Christmas comes it’s the same stupidness, yet they are the ones buying the biggest ham and drinking the most alcohol. Which is nonsense because how is getting drunk celebrating the birth of Christ. People can celebrate what they want, if you don’t that’s your problem, you people see it fit to attack one group of people while completely ignoring the others.
    I see that it is becoming the norm in Barbados to be attacked if you mention God but these same people don’t even realise the role they are playing in prophecy being fulfilled. The same book that they hate tells us about them, so when it comes to being weak minded they are the ones. If they don’t believe in God, why do they have to fight so hard and even at times curse you, in oder to prove their point. Thank God that he is who he says he is, a blessed Easter to those who celebrate the birth, death, burial and resurrection of the risen Saviour. If you all want to curse me now that’s your problem, I serve a great God.

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    • Mariam Makeba
      Mariam Makeba April 14, 2017 at 5:24 pm

      My Holy Bible telling me liess then, the same Bible he reading tells me about Passover or he reading a different on. it is not called Easter is is Pagan.

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    • Earl Lashley
      Earl Lashley April 14, 2017 at 5:31 pm

      And the Jews from among whom he came do not celebrate him. Do not that tells you something? Ask the Anglican bishop of Barbados and he will tell you that it is all a STORY.

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  8. Bonita Weekes
    Bonita Weekes April 14, 2017 at 5:03 pm

    Correction….same foolish debate

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    • Mariam Makeba
      Mariam Makeba April 14, 2017 at 6:06 pm

      The book of Exodus , Matthew to name a few is foolishness? In other words God’s words are foolishness. I too was blind but thank God I can see now.

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  9. Jennifer Giles
    Jennifer Giles April 14, 2017 at 7:30 pm

    Sis you know my favorite saying to each man his own but It seems a lot is not going to find them self up there just saying.

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  10. Ras Small
    Ras Small April 14, 2017 at 7:33 pm

    Hope is a dangerous ting, especially if MANipulated wid aGENdas.

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