Our Great Hope in Christ

Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life; he who believes in Me will live even if he dies, and everyone who lives and believes in Me will never die. Do you believe this?”

John 11:25-26

It’s really inspiring to read the book of Acts and see how the early Christians accepted unabashedly all mistreatment to which they were subjected. They believed with blind faith the words of Jesus in John 11:25-26. Some of them were eyewitnesses to the resurrection of our Lord, and other knew by reference from eyewitness; but all believed to exactly that Jesus Christ is the resurrection and the life.

Since the days of the early church, true Christians have not felt any fear of facing physical death. The safety of the Lord’s words that whoever believes in Him will live even though he dies motivates them to have hope even after death. Believing that resurrected is our great hope in Christ. There is little doubt that the resurrection of Jesus Christ is the backbone of Christianity. As 1 Corinthians 15:14 says: and if Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is vain, your faith also is vain.

We must be very clear on what the fundamentals of our faith are. What sets the Christian followers of other faiths is that our leader, Jesus Christ, does not lie in a cold grave. His body is not buried anywhere because He defeated death and if He overcame, we also will win. As it is written: But now Christ is risen from the dead, and has become the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep. For since by man came death, by Man also came the resurrection of the dead (1 Corinthians 15:20-21).

It is unfortunate that the powerful message of the gospel has been altered by some preachers. The adulteration of the gospel has caused that many people walk confused and seek God with wrong intentions. No way you can visualize God as a Stock Exchange broker that multiplies a hundredfold what you have “sowed” in His Kingdom. Nor is it true that all our problems will be solved as if by magic when we give our lives to Christ.

The Lord left set very clear that you cannot serve both God and mammon. He also warned that we would afflictions in the world, which means that we would have problems. What then is what should motivate us to follow Him? It should not be by earthly treasures which are lost. Nor because we are in a glass bubble without the world’s problem affecting us.

The reason to follow Christ must be something more transcendent, something that goes beyond the boundaries of the world we know. That reason is the assurance that if we believe in Him we will live even when death take away our lives. But more important than that is the security of having eternal life with Him. And certainly that’s an abundant life, no debt, no sickness, no pain, no worry, no fear, living forever in the house of our Heavenly Father. God bless you.

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