JESUS is our guarantee of God's purpose.
We are optimistic because we look at Him and see the final pattern.
To be a Christian means to be an optimist because we know what happened on the third day after Jesus's crucifixion.
We know that Jesus's leap of faith was not in vain, as God raised him up.
He trusted enough to outstare the darkness, to wait upon the resurrection of the third day, not to try to create his own resurrection, but to wait upon the resurrection of God.
The scriptures seldom said Jesus rose from the dead - they always said "God raised him up".
Good Friday, Holy Saturday and Easter Sunday evidently comes into every life. No longer is it an act of faith to believe in immortality.
So what was Jesus' plan to overcome evil? Attack it? No. Love it to death.
What is given to God is always returned transformed.
* Reverend Ray Atkinson is from Morisset Uniting Church.