Who could possibly live without hope? At a time of uncertainty about Brexit, when economic uncertainties persist, casting their shadows over many lives; when so much pain and suffering can create doubt about the goodness of life, we need to be reminded that hope is always justified. Holy Week and Easter bring us a reminder of why there is always a cause for hope. The God who caused all life to be in the first place chose to bring His crucified Son back to New Life. The Festival of Easter celebrates the truth that God`s love and life will always be triumphant over sin, suffering and death.
Good Friday reminds us that Jesus,the most perfect, innocent man, suffered an evil, cruel death. In doing so, he showed God`s love;it is totally self – sacrificing. On Easter Day, Christ`s resurrection revealed that in the end, God`s life and love will come through. The good news, then, is that we can rejoice in the truth expressed so wonderfully by the 14th century English mystic, Julian of Norwich, `All will be well, and all will be well and all manner of thing will be well.`
The good news of God`s love is summed up for Methodists in the in the words of John Wesley `All need to be saved, All may be saved. All may know themselves saved. All may be saved to the uttermost.`
So with hope in our hearts, let us hear the words of Saint Augustine who said `We are Easter people and Alleluia is our song`