After the April 2013 suicide of his 27-year-old son, Matthew, pastor and author Rick Warren was often asked how he was able to keep going. His frequent reply? “The answer is Easter.”

In the Easter sermons Warren preached the following year,he emphasized that Jesus’ resurrection is the answer to discouragement, defeat and devastating trials. “The death, burial and resurrection of Jesus happened over three days,” Warren explained. “Friday was the day of suffering and pain and agony. Saturday was the day of doubt and confusion and misery. But Easter, that Sunday,was the day of hope and joy and victory.

“You will face these three days over and over and over in your lifetime. And when you do, you’ll find yourself asking, as I did, three fundamental questions:

Number one, what do I do in my days of pain?

Two, how do I get through my days of doubt and
confusion?

Three, how do I get to the days of joy and victory?
“The answer is Easter.”

 

[reprinted by permission from the Newsletter Newsletter]