Beginning with the End – Understanding a Future of Hope

Surprise Endings

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Have you ever watched a movie or read a book where the beginning started with the end? Or maybe you were told the ending by some well-wisher or received a spoiler alert on how the conflict resolves? Sometimes both of these scenarios ruin the surprise and makes the drama somewhat disappointing to watch unfold. Yet there are many who cherish watching the same movie or reading the same book over and over even when knowing the end at the beginning. Do you find that with the story of Easter?

A Baptist church in Bangladesh was showing a film about the life, death, and the resurrection of Jesus to an audience filled with people who had never heard the gospel before. The children sat in front and in the aisles as the adults stood in the back. As the story of Christ’s crucifixion unfolded and Jesus’ broken body was laid in the tomb, there were tears and audible gasps. But as the emotional audience watched, one young boy suddenly shouted out. “Don’t be upset. He gets up again! I saw it before.” What the audience saw as the end was really the beginning. The overwhelming power of emotion was evident but even more so as the resurrection is witnessed. The surprise reveals that He who was dead is now alive!

A New Beginning

As I write today, history and scriptures tell us that Jesus hung on the cross and before sunset on this day was laid in the tomb. The outlook appears grim through Saturday as the silence continues and despair deepens. But believers know it doesn’t end there.  The surprise is already revealed because as we read the beginning, we know the end. This ending provides an understanding for a future of hope. An ending that I am glad that I know of in the beginning.

The resurrection marks not the end but a new beginning. For when life overcame death, hope overcome grief. The new beginning of the resurrection now requires us to decide which path we will follow for our own new beginning. For we can now be confident that since Christ arose from the dead, He will accomplish all that He promises. The future holds a new beginning because we know the end.

Because of the confirmation of Christ’s bodily resurrection, we see a living Christ. He is the ruler of God’s final Kingdom that will last eternally. But the greatest news is that because of the resurrection of Christ, our own resurrection is certain and secure. For with the end of Christ’s ministry on earth begins the possibility of a new and future life for all who believe. Praise God! He has risen indeed.

– for until then they still hadn’t understood the Scriptures that said Jesus must rise from the dead.

John 20:9 (NLT)

When the End is Really the Beginning

It is revealing that even those closest to Jesus, His disciples, had initial doubts about His resurrection. But along with their eye-witness accounts, they confirm what they remembered He said giving proof to the resurrection. This resurrection proof is the key to the Christian faith. Understanding the divine power that brought Christ back to life is the very thing that gives us life and a future as well. The new beginning is our foundation to witness to the world. For just as Christ said that He would rise, and did, we know that He will accomplish all that He promises.

Sometimes, stories never get old and knowing the ending is what keeps us going. What looks like the end is only the beginning. The beginning of hope and the promise of a future confirms that we have a purpose and a God that loves us dearly. Christ is the Son of the Almighty and with His resurrection, we can hold tight to the promises of our own resurrection, a bright tomorrow, and a future with Him.

Won’t you challenge yourself to put any doubts you may hold to rest through your own research just like the disciples did? Confirm your faith by listening, seeing, and following the disciples and their life as they move forward certain of the understanding of a life of hope. Root your convictions firmly and find motivation in the knowledge of the “Good News” spreading the Word to others that they, too, can hold a future. Surround yourself in the comfort of knowing that the promises of a future are yours because Christ arose! Live your life fully because you know the end of the story reveals a victory for all, and this is just the beginning

Happy Easter!

Love in Christ,

E.J.

Postscript

Every new beginning comes from some other beginning’s end.

Seneca

Extra Study

John 2:22

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