“Jesus said to her, ‘Did I not say to you that if you would believe you would see the glory of God?’ Then He took away the stone from the place where the dead man was lying.” 
John 11:40-41a

Lord Jesus, thank you for dying on the cross for us, and paying the price for all sin and death.  Thank you in this Holy week and in all weeks, we can look and see Your glory in Your resurrection power all around us.  Thank you for bringing what is dead in us to life again.  In Your precious and Holy name we pray, Amen.

Hope is a small word with big worth.
The darkness of this world can almost swallow us up if we allow it. 
Two sisters, friends of Jesus, were in pain a little over two thousand years ago.  They buried their brother.  It not only seemed hopeless, it was naturally hopeless.
 
Until Jesus…
 
“Did I not tell you if you believed, you would see the glory of God?”

During worship at church recently, my heart pounded as I thought of the pain three dear friends were enduring…
A marriage broken by an affair.

Another marriage strangled by addiction.

Diagnosis of a chronic illness.

With tears I asked my Lord about all this pain.  In the quietness of my spirit, from deep within, these words muffled the music,
 “Did I not say that if you would believe you would see the glory of God?” 
Lord, what are you saying?  Believe.  Hope. 
Two thousand years ago…
A friend of Jesus laid in a grave while two sisters grieved.

Jesus, the coming Messiah, hung on a cross…crucified.  It seemed hopeless.
 
Things are not always as they seem.
Dare we hope?
 The other day my ten year old daughter scribbled these words on a wipey board in her room,
“Let all fears become hope.”
Hope illuminates the darkness and blazes light to dispel fear.  
Hope brings belief and belief becomes the glory of God.
Faith is the substance of things hoped for. (Hebrews 11:1)

Our Hope and Lord died, was buried and resurrected in glory.  Our Hope is Him.  He resurrects.
Hope resurrects.

Dare to hope today.  Dare to believe.  Dare to give God a chance to show you His glory.
Dare to believe He will resurrect and infuse life into dead places and dissipate the dark.
 
Will you believe the Lord with me when He says, “Did I not say if you believe you will see the glory of God?”
Happy Resurrection Sunday!!   May you see the Glory of God. 
What is it you need a resurrection in today?  Leave it in the comments.  We would love to pray for you.