Hope materialized in the resurrection of Jesus.

Romans 15: 4 says, “For whatever things were written before were written for our learning, that we through the patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope.” If you want to find hope, you have to find it in the scriptures.

After Jesus’ crucifixion, Mary Magdalene and certain other women who had come with him out of Galilee gathered on Good Friday afternoon to prepare spices and perfumes for the slain Savior’s body. Then after resting on the Sabbath as the law prescribed, they arose at first light on Sunday and made their way to the tomb only to discover that the stone door had been rolled aside and the body of Jesus was missing with only His burial garments remaining. It must’ve been a shocking moment, especially on the heels of having seen their one true hope nailed to a Roman cross.

But that was only the beginning. Suddenly two men clothed in dazzling robes appeared and spoke to them, amplifying their fright all the more. The women bowed low, too terrified to look into the faces of what were obviously angelic beings. “Why do you seek the living One among the dead?” The angels asked. “He is not here, but He has risen. Remember how He spoke to you while He was still in Galilee saying that the son of man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men and be crucified and then on the third day rise again?”

It was a short but effective sermon, and they all remembered most of his words. What did they remember? They remembered He told them He would be crucified, but they had forgotten the most important part, the good news that He would be resurrected. Before his death, Jesus was asking them to hope. Upon news of his resurrection, hope materialized, as it will again one day in the near future when Jesus returns. Until that day, He’s asking us to do the same thing he asked his early followers: to remember his promises, to hope in Him.