Dear Pastors, Teachers, Administrators and Friends of Vision and IDCL,
I want to extend greetings to all of you on the Celebration of the resurrection of our Lord Jesus!
What we find in the resurrection of Jesus is a new beginning! Light shining in the darkness! Life conquering death! Yes, the Lord is risen indeed! Here everything changes. The Cross, the very instrument of despair, becomes an object of glory. The resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead is the source of a living hope.
We need to listen to the message of exuberant joy, praise, and thanksgiving. Hear it from the lips of one disciple who experienced the deepest darkness of despair and remorse, the Apostle Peter. Here is what He wrote: “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His great mercy gave us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus from the dead” (1 Peter 1:3).
Hear what Peter is saying – Jesus gave us new birth into a living hope. Now Peter can smile again. We can all be happy once more. A living hope that is living and real. We can have great expectation and a conviction that our lives here are not in vain. This hope not based upon legend or fancy but upon the immovable Rock of Christ’s resurrection from the grave. The apostles proclaim the resurrection because they could not do anything else. The proof was too clear!
Jesus lives! Therefore …
• …Life is worth living.
• …All things work together for good to them that love God.
• …We too shall live.
• …All darkness is dispelled.
• …Hope lives again.
On that wonderful day, a stream of light descended from veiled skies: an angel mighty and terrible arrived. His appearance was as lightning and his garments white as snow. And the angel said: “Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here, for He has been raised just as He said” (Matthew 28:5-6).
Jesus is risen . . . and our hope is revived. Let us not live as one between the cross and the resurrection with all hope dashed and full of despair. Because He lives, so do we! There is a new day dawning. Night has turned into morning, darkness into light, despair into declarations, mourning into joy and the spirit of heaviness into praise.
May we arise as our Savior in victory, knowing that we must past through the cross, but resurrection has been secured and victory won! It is time we abandon the despair and turn to the Lord and give Him our future. He keeps His promises. Let us live faith-filled telling His story.
Blessings to you,
Pastor Ronald L. Bernier, President