Despite the gloom, there is hope for Jamaica - Pastor
REVEREND GLENROY Clarke, interim minister of the St Paul United Church in St James, has said despite the messages of doom and gloom, Jamaica must understand that with the resurrected Jesus Christ, there is hope.
Clarke was delivering the Easter Sunday message at the church, which was delivered under the theme, 'What a Difference a Day Makes'.
"Friday was a dark and terrible day. The women made their way to the tomb, filled with sorrow, filled with grief, filled with fear ... . They were looking for the cold corpse ... . Everything had shattered their hopes, their dreams, their testimony," said Clarke.
"So, after a long, dreadful Saturday, they were looking to pay their last respects, but to their amazement, they encountered a different story; so what a difference a day makes - Jesus rose from the dead to restore hope and love and peace."
Reverend Clarke said the empty tomb on that first Easter morning was a profound message to the world that Jesus Christ is in charge of the world.
"The empty tomb witnessed by the women tells the whole world that the risen Jesus Christ is the God of this world and none else," stated Clarke.
"So, as a result of that, we don't have to live like others who have no hope, because we live with the confidence that there is a better tomorrow because of Jesus Christ."
rejoice instead of despairing
Clarke urged the congregation not to fall into despondency when things don't seem to be going right.
"When you think that all is lost, when you think there is no way, there is always a way in God. He provides the way, so instead of despairing, we rejoice because there is hope in Jesus."
In recounting the story of the resurrection as recorded in the Gospel of St Mark 16, Clarke said, "It was the women who were the first bearers of the good news of the risen Christ. Where were the men?" asked Clarke, noting that the men cowered in fear, wondering who is next?
"Where are the men? We thank God for the women in the Church, who were the first preachers ... . They will boldly go and carry a message, so we now need the men to go forth and spread the message of hope," said Clarke.