Friday, April 2, 2010
The Facebook note that Governor Palin just released reminds me of why I support her so vehemently. She is bold, outspoken, and real. During this holiday--one that means more to Christians than any other holiday--the governor proclaims the hope that we have and acknowledges the Source of that hope.
No, the government will never be my hope. My hope resides solely in the fact that Christ paid the ultimate price for my sins. He gave His life for mine.
This is Good Friday, the day commemorating Jesus's crucifixion. Without that death on the cross, there would have been no resurrection. Therein dwells the difference between Christ and others who declared themselves Lord: He's alive! And because He lives, I now have abundant life--and a hope that remains, no matter what's going on around me.
Governor Palin shares on Facebook:
For many of us, the arrival of Easter means the arrival of a new season of joy – of Easter parades, Easter egg hunts, chocolate bunnies, and sweet Peeps topping off a family meal. Some may wonder why we merrily celebrate at a time when we’re remembering Christ’s crucifixion on the cross. And there is something to that. Good Friday is, after all, about God who became Man, dying on the cross for our sins. And yet we celebrate Easter Sunday, and we are right to do so.
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life” (John 3:16). This one verse sums up the miracle that is the Easter season and helps explain the celebration. Yes, Christ died for us, but in the end Easter isn’t a season of sadness. Ultimately, the story of Christ’s rising from the dead three days after the crucifixion is the story of the triumph of hope over despair.
Hope is one of America’s unique virtues. Hope makes us dream and achieve the seemingly impossible. It’s who we are, and it’s why we’re able to always believe that our best days are yet to come, both for our families and for our country. Easter time reminds us that we have every right to believe that this hope is based on time-tested truths and a solid foundation.
On behalf of the Palin family, I wish you all a peaceful and reflective Good Friday and a blessed and happy Easter Sunday.
- Sarah Palin