He is Risen! Therefore You Have Hope!


But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the firstfruits of them that slept. For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive. But every man in his own order: Christ the firstfruits; afterward they that are Christ's at his coming. 1 Corinthians 15:20-23

Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this? John 11:25-26

Some of the most comforting words of the Bible are found in the passages of Scripture (like those above) that remind us that Jesus Christ is risen and is alive.  Why are these words so comforting? They are comforting because they remind us that death has been defeated.  

Before Jesus Christ came, death reigned because all of us are in Adam and are sinners by nature (Romans 5:12; Romans 3:10, 23). Adam rebelled against God's command and brought separation, sin, suffering, pain, and death to all. The creation (us included) was no longer good as it was when God first created everything (Genesis 1:31; Romans 6:23a; Romans 8:20; Hebrews 9:27).  As a result of sin, we are too sinful to go to heaven and instead stand in judgement for our actions against a holy and righteous Lord (John 3:16-21, 36; Revelation 20:2-15).  

Since Jesus Christ came, He--being the Second Adam--brought life that lasts for ever to all who place their faith in Him (John 3:16). His work on the cross, whereby He shed His blood to purchase for us eternal life by taking all of the wrath of God for us (1 John 1:7; 1 John 2:1-2;1 John 4:9-10), made it possible for you and I to escape the coming judgment.  In turn, He gives us life in Himself that allows us to live forever with Him (1 Thessalonians 5:9). That eternal life is guaranteed because Jesus Christ is alive. 

Therefore, since Jesus Christ is risen, you and I have hope.  The sufferings in this life, although very painful at times, will one day end for the one who has placed his/her faith in the Living Savior, Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ is the Victor!  He won!  He is alive!  He is preparing a home right now for all who have trusted in Him for salvation (John 14: 1-3). 
Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption. Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory. O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory? The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord. 1 Corinthians 15:50-58 
If you know the Risen Savior--rejoice because you have a home being prepared for you in heaven.  If you do not know the joy of being saved in Jesus Christ, come right now and place your trust in Him.