....The prophets foretold His coming nearly 800 years before His nativity. Many of these Messianic prophecies were misunderstood. There was a widespread rabbinic belief that the prophetic references to the Son actually referred to the nation of Israel. And to those who recognized Messiah as a man, He was understood to be a military or political leader who would lead Israel out of bondage. Hence the men walking on the road to Emmaus after the crucifixion, who said to the risen but unrecognized Christ: "We had hoped he was the one to redeem Israel" (Luke 24:21). Which of course He was, but not in the way they imagined. And even on the Mount of Olives immediately prior to His ascension, His disciples confusedly asked Him: "Lord, will you at this time restore the kingdom to Israel?" (Acts 1:6). They were led astray by focusing on their short-term expectations and understanding. By contrast, the entire redemptive history preceding Christ's passion was aimed at that event. Even back to the Garden of Eden, where God pronounced the "proto-evangelium" (the first Gospel) embedded within His curse upon the serpent: "Because you have done this, cursed are you above all livestock and above all beasts of the field; on your belly you shall go, and dust you shall eat all the days of your life. I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and her offspring; he shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise his heel" (Genesis 3:14-15; emphasis added). With this longer view, we understand Christ's suffering, resurrection, and ascension are the hinge-point of human history.... Read more: https://onenewsnow.com/perspectives...l-perspective-easter-hope-for-uncertain-times We have this hope! Hope in the coming of the Lord! The first advent and the sacrifice the Son of God made to free this world from the bondage of the evil one and to eternally save all who will accept the grace of this gift. That gives believers hope in these uncertain times and reminds us of how much better things will one day be. Easter is the celebration of victory and of our risen king.