« While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal “2 Corinthians 4. 18
“…; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory” Colossians 1. 27
The evil is there with us. It is in conflict, wars, in our hearts too. He is there with its attendant suffering, broken relationships, and damaged lives.
Jesus did not come to remove the evil from the earth. On his way he rejected and denounced by his words, his attitude and actions. On the cross, in his suffering, Jesus still finds words of hope for those around him: the words of forgiveness toward those who condemned Him, words of love towards the robber who speaks to him, words of comfort to his family. Then he takes it upon himself during the three dark hours of the crucifixion, the condemnation of the sins that we had committed. This is how he has been our Savior.
Through the resurrection of Jesus, a new promise arises in the heart of the story. By rising Jesus from death, God brings hope to face death, a certainty healthy living for every believer. This victory of Christ and its consequences is acquired for all who take refuge in Him. Such is the substance of Christian hope.
Fellow Christians, we could occasionally be as overwhelmed by the progress of the evil in this world. Do not lose faith. Our hope is tied to raised Jesus. It does not relieve us in the work that lie ahead but it allows us to fulfill them by looking at him, who will come to take us up in the heaven.
This context turns us towards the glory of God and encourages us to act on what is eternal.