And since we have the same spirit of faith, according to what is written, “I believed and therefore I spoke,” we also believe and therefore speak, knowing that He who raised up the Lord Jesus will also raise us up with Jesus, and will present us with you.
2 Corinthians 4:13-14
The great hope of believing in Jesus Christ is not that all our problems will be solved. Neither is it that we will be prosperous, rich and happy. If so, there would not be a great difference between being a Christian, an atheist, or a practitioner of the Eastern religions. There are methods outside of Jesus to try to be happy, achieve wealth or try to minimize problems. But our great hope is explained by 2 Corinthians 4:14, knowing that He who raised up the Lord Jesus will also raise us up with Jesus.
It is shocking to see how the apostles and early Christians had no fear of receiving martyrdom in the name of Jesus. I imagine that their executioners would see them as crazy people who preferred to lose their lives rather than to deny their faith in Jesus Christ. But that attitude of being martyred rather than denying Christ has continued for two thousand years among true Christians. The reason for this apparent madness is one, whoever has believed and known the risen Christ has the same hope of resurrection.
That great hope of the believer in Jesus Christ, which distinguishes them from those who believe in other things, summed up by the Lord Himself in His promise given in John 11:25-26, Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live. And whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die. Do you believe this?” Believing in Jesus Christ is synonymous with having life after death and not any kind of life. The life that He promises for those who believe Him is eternal, without end and not in a body of death like the present, but in a glorified one.
Maybe I was hoping that I would bring you today a message of hope that things in the world would improve in the future. Sorry to disappoint you with that, but I must tell you that will not happen. We are witnessing the succession of earthquakes in different parts of the world almost one after another. Scientists themselves predict that a number of catastrophic earthquakes with an intensity greater than 8.0 on the Richter scale are coming closer. And, as a result of climate change, there is talk of more storms, droughts, snowfalls and tornadoes.
For its part, economic analysts do not predict anything positive in the financial world, but quite the opposite. The global stock market system could collapse at any time and many people run the risk of moving from abundance to indigence in the blink of an eye. As if that were not enough, the threat of wars, in which weapons of mass destruction may be used, is increasingly credible as the number of members of the nuclear club grows and people with twisted minds aim to sow terror.
Are you astonished and terrified by such things? They should not be astonished because each and every one of them has been prophesied in the Bible. And I’m not talking about the books of the Old Testament, see Matthew 24 and the book of Revelation and you’ll see. But if those things terrify you, that Matthew 24:6 says that they need to happen, it is because you are not aware of the great hope of the believer in Jesus Christ. And this great hope is that that He who raised up the Lord Jesus will also raise us up with Jesus. With Christ, we will have resurrection and eternal life. God bless you.