I am working on the Pastor’s Note for the April Hinge. It’s still March, but I
am already in April and I am trying to see things that will occur in the future. Isn’t that what the prophets in the Bible did? Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, Joel, Habakkuk…

So here is my prophetic reflection:

It is still cold. The ground is still frozen and covered with snow. Trees are gray with no leaves.

But something amazing will happen. I don’t see it now when I look out the window. But I see spring budding in my heart. New life is coming forth, breaking the frozen ground. Leaves are appearing on trees. I feel joy, excitement, and new energy.

Faith is like that.

To have faith is to be sure of the things we hope for to be certain of the things we cannot see (Hebrews 11:1).

To have faith is not just to wish the things we hope for to happen. With faith we are sure of the things we hope for, to happen, even though we cannot see it now. To have faith is not just to believe. To have faith is to experience what you believe in your personal life.

We will soon celebrate Easter. We will celebrate the resurrection of Jesus.
As I think of Easter morning, I am so excited to meet the risen Christ. I am so thrilled just like my heart is filled with joy as I think of spring budding even though the ground is still frozen.

I can’t wait to sing:

Up from the grave He arose;

with a mighty triumph o’er His foes;

He arose a victor from the dark domain,

and He lives forever, with His saints to reign,

He arose! He arose! Hallelujah! Christ arose!

Let us come and join together in singing and celebrating the risen Christ! The risen Christ is the sure hope for our eternal life. But don’t forget that the resurrection power is in us right now as long as the risen Christ lives in us and continues to be in us, renewing, refreshing, and rebuilding our lives.

Christ is risen! Alleluia!

Pastor Sung Ho

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