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The Hope of Resurrection

Why should it be thought incredible by you that God raises the dead? (Acts 26:8)

Defending his ministry before King Agrippa, the apostle Paul was amazed that people found it so unbelievable that God had the power to raise the dead. Do you believe in the resurrection of the dead, and do you hold firmly to such hope? Has it occurred to you that one of the main reasons for going to church each week is to receive Sabbath rest, which foreshadows our eternal rest? Now we take a break from our daily toil and labor and go to church for Sabbath rest; later, we cease all work and enter into God’s eternal rest.

Being a child of God is blissful. We are blessed, protected, and guided by Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit. Yet, Paul reminds us that if only for this life, we have hope in Christ, we are to be pitied more than all men (1 Cor 15:19). If there is no resurrection from the dead, then our preaching is useless, our faith is futile, sin controls, and Christ is dead. However, the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ is the central focus of Christianity.

For I delivered to you first of all that which I also received: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures. (1 Cor 15:3-4)

Most importantly, the heart of the gospel is that Christ died for our sins (not for His own sins), and that He was buried (confirmation that He had really died), and that He was raised from the dead.

The resurrection of Jesus Christ gives us hope of our resurrection. This hope of resurrection makes a difference for us and our lives. It gives us meaning of life and clear goals. We know that our labor is not in vain in the Lord. Life is no longer aimless.

Resurrection needs to be accepted by faith. In the case of the resurrection of the dead, God will take a perishable, dishonorable, weak body and in the resurrection make it an imperishable, glorious, powerful spiritual body. It is our hope of resurrection that sustains our journey of faith.

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