HAPPY EASTER! HE IS RISEN! THE CELEBRATION OF HOPE IS BASED ON PURPOSE NOT AIMLESSNESS. This is the last of my posts on The Celebration of Hope (see March posts) and it is appropriate that it comes on Easter Sunday. Most people in the world today are just drifting through life. They have no sense of the ultimate outcome of life or their purpose in life. God is a God of purpose. His whole universe illustrates that. Our hope and our celebration of Hope in Jesus Christ are based on the fact that God is a God of purpose and that God has a purpose for our lives. So you would expect that when God’s Son came into the world He would have a purpose to His life. So let’s notice the purpose of Jesus’ life.

In Luke 24:44-47 we see that Jesus’ purpose was to provide salvation for the human race. Jesus came to provide victory over sin and death. Because Jesus lives we can also live. His death and resurrection provides a way for us to repent and have our sins forgiven. The death of Jesus on the cross was an acceptable payment to God for all mankind’s sins. In John 3:16 we read, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that whosoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” In Romans 10:9 it is stated, “That if you confess with your mouth, Jesus is Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead you will be saved.” That is what Luke 24:46-47 is telling us. Jesus came that we might repent and be saved. His death on the cross and His resurrection was not a disaster but rather part of God’s plan for our salvation. In the Cross experience and the Resurrection Jesus was fulfilling the plan of God for His life. Jesus’ Purpose was to provide Salvation for ALL ( Luke 24:47). Jesus came that people of all nations and ethnic groups could be saved. Jesus does love the little children of the world…red and yellow, black and white. And He loves adults too. God does not have alternate plans of salvation. We all come to God in the same way…repent and be forgiven because of Jesus’ death and resurrection.

Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross and His resurrection also provides a mission for us (Luke 24:48-49). If God is a God of purpose and God’s Son came with a purpose you would then expect that God has a purpose for us. So here God states what that purpose is. After we are saved our purpose in life is to glorify God and take His message of salvation to the world. God has no other plan to save the world. We are all missionaries or we are all mission fields. The ultimate Celebration of Hope is being in God’s will and carrying out God’s purpose for our lives. If I could conjure up a picture of the Celebration of Hope it would be that of Charles Schultz’s “Snoopy” doing his victory dance. What a great thing it would be to see Christians that excited about carrying out God’s purpose…to see Christians dancing for joy because of our great Savior the Lord Jesus Christ. Which are you on this Easter Day? A missionary or a mission field? Have you repented of your sins and been forgiven by the Living Christ? Are you still someone who needs hope or have you found that hope in Jesus Christ? For Christians this is a day of Celebration…we have a living Savior, a living Hope. Heaven is our home and earth is our mission field. We are saved people with a purpose. So let us rejoice!

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