Holy Week of Bright Hope - Easter Sunday

We celebrate resurrection day with this concluding message in our Holy Week of Bright Hope series. Lord Jim Wallace, Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland shares the final reflection with us from Great is Thy Faithfulness considering what it means to have "Blessings all mine with ten thousand beside"

This is the day the Lord has made. Let us rejoice and be glad in it. And so we reach Resurrection Sunday, the bright hope at the end of a week of uncertainty and anguish. The brightest day in the Christian calendar follows our darkest.

From this side of history, we can see the darkness of Jesus's death did not overcome the light of his life. As John's Gospel told us of Jesus, the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. For many, this may seem like the darkest night - global conflict, the pandemic, the climate crisis and economic shock. It may also be something personal just to you or a loved one. I

n that uncertainty, we give thanks that, in the words of the hymn we've been reflecting on this week, we have strength for today and bright hope for tomorrow. Even if, at times, tomorrow seems a long way off, we do not view the world around us and our circumstances as those who have no hope. From this side of the cross we can already see the innumerable blessings secured for us by Jesus - blessings all mine and 10,000 beside.

Earlier this year, I was delighted to make a virtual visit to Mulanje Mission Hospital in Malawi and hear how the work of EMMS International is helping turn the tide of rising teenage pregnancies. Girls are finding strength for today through quality healthcare, and support to choose a safer, healthier path in life. They have hope for tomorrow because of education and training that helps them follow their own dreams for the future.

In recognition of these amazing blessings, we are moved to share that bright hope with others. In abundant blessing is the opportunity to share the hope of abundant life with others. May our lives demonstrate not just on this Easter day, but every day that He is risen indeed.