With a myriad of bad news all around us—from the threat of terrorist attacks to the persecuted church; from an economy that has yet to fully recover to rumors of a ghastly epidemic which has reached our shores—it is easy to feel a sense of despair. Yet the believer is still to have hope, even in the face of hopelessness. Why? Because we hope our hope is not in One who rose from depression, disease, disadvantage, or even despair; rather, our hope is in the One who rose from the dead.
Is there anything more hopeless than death? I can’t think of anything more devastating than . . .
- The death of our comfort
- The death of our desires
- The death of our plans
- The death of our promises
- The death of our career
- The death of our dreams
Yet even when we seem to be facing the death of the life we hoped to be living, we can still have a joyful, expectant hope, because the One we hope in rose from the dead! And just as Jesus rose from the dead and lives forevermore, all those who have placed their trust in His atoning work on their behalf shall rise from all the death they have experienced in their lives. Our comfort shall rise from the dead. Our desires shall rise from the dead. Our plans shall rise from the dead. Our promises shall rise from the dead. Our career shall rise from the dead. Our dreams shall rise from the dead. And as good as all that is, there is something even better: we shall rise bodily from the dead on that great day when Jesus returns to finish what He started.
Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?” (John 11:25-26)
Is there any area in your life where you find some kind of “death” knocking at your door? Remember, Jesus is bigger than any problem you are currently facing and He has a Word that will guide you through every storm. Our Lord Jesus Christ is the resurrection and the life. He and He alone takes what is dead and brings to it life. And that includes every set of circumstances that may seem utterly hopeless to you. In Him you always have hope!
This is the Gospel. This is grace for your race. NEVER FORGET THAT . . . AMEN!