Big Idea: We live in a season of great despair and hopelessness.  Most of our younger generation live in fear that the world, as we know it, will not last their lifetime. Hopelessness is one of the chronic diseases of our day. But thankfully there is hope for you and me in the resurrection of Jesus.

Scripture: Mark 16:1-14 ESV
When the Sabbath was past, Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of James and Salome bought spices, so that they might go and anoint him. 2. And very early on the first day of the week, when the sun had risen, they went to the tomb.

3. And they were saying to one another, Who will roll away the stone for us from the entrance of the tomb?”  4.And looking up, they saw that the stone had been rolled back—it was very large.

5.And entering the tomb, they saw a young man sitting on the right side, dressed in a white robe, and they were alarmed.  6.And he said to them, Do not be alarmed. You seek Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He has risen; he is not here. See the place where they laid him.

7.But go, tell his disciples and Peter that he is going before you to Galilee. There you will see him, just as he told you.”

8.And they went out and fled from the tomb, for trembling and astonishment had seized them, and they said nothing to anyone, for they were afraid.

9.Now when he rose early on the first day of the week, he appeared first to Mary Magdalene, from whom he had cast out seven demons. 10. She went and told those who had been with him, as they mourned and wept.

11 But when they heard that he was alive and had been seen by her, they would not believe it. After these things he appeared in another form to two of them, as they were walking into the country. And they went back and told the rest, but they did not believe them.

12.After these things he appeared in another form to two of them, as they were walking into the country. 13.And they went back and told the rest, but they did not believe them.

14.Afterward he appeared to the eleven themselves as they were reclining at table, and he rebuked them for their unbelief and hardness of heart, because they had not believed those who saw him after he had risen.   Mark 16:1-14 ESV

There is hope for us today on this last Sunday of 2021. Hope is one of the greatest gifts that we as Believers in Jesus have.  It is good that a man should both hope and quietly wait for the salvation of the LORD. Lamentations 3:26 KJV

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.  Romans 15:13 ESV