The Final Basis of Hope

Today's Bible reading: John 11:20-27

This encouragement from Peter reminds us of the final basis for a Christian hope: Christ’s own resurrection.  In his great resurrection chapter - one of my favorite chapters in the Bible … and a chapter that is repeatedly quoted from at funerals – 1 Corinthians 15 - Paul reminds the Corinthian’s that faith is futile … sin unconquered, if Christ has not been raised from the dead.  In fact, if Christ is nothing more than some dead teacher, Christians would be the most miserable creatures of all – pinning their hopes on a liean illusiona pipe dream.  However, Paul than adds this magnificent proclamation: But in fact Christ has been raised from the dead, the first fruits of those who have fallen asleep.”  He is the first fruits of a magnificent resurrection crop!  His new life is the promise of ours ... when the last enemy - death - will be destroyed.  So Paul can sing a taunting resurrection song … mocking death and the power that leads to it: sin and the law.  Christ’s victory over death means that those who believe in Him will never die.

Prayer: Loving and Almighty Father, we thank You that You are in control and that we are included in Your Master Plan.  As we await Your final consummation we pray together with all Your people: “Amen! Come, Lord Jesus! This is most certainly true!”; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.