“…knowing that He who raised the Lord Jesus will raise us also with Jesus and will present us with you.” 2 Corinthians 4:14
The Reverend Billy Graham writes, “As the human organism is dependent on a supply of oxygen, so humanity is dependent on its supply of hope. Yet today hopelessness and despair are everywhere…[But]…there is hope that mistakes and sins can be forgiven. There is hope that we can have joy, peace, assurance, and security in the midst of the despair of this age. There is hope that Christ is coming soon—this is what is called in Scripture ‘the blessed hope.’ There is hope that will come some day a new heaven and a new earth, and that the kingdom of God will reign and triumph. Our hope is not in our own ability, or in our goodness, or in our physical strength. Our hope is instilled in us by the resurrection of Christ.”
Without oxygen, we cannot live. Without God, and without the resurrection of Jesus from the dead, Paul tells us we would have no hope. But because Christ has been raised from the dead by the power of God, the Bible says God’s resurrection power lives in the life of the believer today, and one day, that same believer will receive a new body to live with God forever and ever on the new heavens and the new earth! (See I Corinthians 15:12-20 and Romans 15:13).
Praise be to God for His resurrection hope!