Why Easter gives me Hope

A blog by Caroline Olaiya, Head of Corporate Relations, HM Courts and Tribunals Service.

Easter is celebrated by Christians, like myself, from Maundy Thursday to Easter Sunday each year.

To me, there couldn’t be a more beautiful season to celebrate than the Spring. The sun’s bright rays shine down through clear blue skies and wonderful scents arise from blooms of vibrant, colourful flowers.

Easter signifies hope. Hope for a better and brighter life, both now and in eternity.

I like to bear the teachings of the Bible in mind at this time of year.

I have hope as I read what the Bible says, “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16).

The story of creation tells us that God created the world and loved everything in it, including you and me. Sin then came into existence through Adam and Eve’s disobedience and put separation between humans and God (Genesis 3). It was not God’s plan for us to live our lives under the heavy burden that sin brings. He sent his one and only son Jesus, who was perfect, to die on the cross at Calvary in our place. By doing so, Jesus paid the ultimate price for our redemption from sin to reconcile us with God. He was then resurrected so that we could enter into everlasting life.

This sacrificial love gives me and others who believe the hope to live life daily knowing that God wants us to lead a rich and fulfilling life. This doesn’t mean that we won’t face challenges in our lives, but it means that we can trust in God to help us through these challenges. As Romans 8:34 says, “Christ Jesus who died—more than that, who was raised to life—is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us”.

I hope my Christian colleagues, and those of all faiths or none, enjoy this Easter period.

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