Focal passages: John 20:2-9; 1 Corinthians 15:20-28
Prior to serving in full-time ministry I was a registered nurse, primarily working in cardiology and in the emergency room. In those two areas, it was common to work with patients who were facing life-threatening conditions.
During these critical periods of waiting, I would watch the family members. While their loved one was alive, the family was holding on to hope. However, once death came, they realized, physically speaking, hope was gone.
They accepted death as the final answer. The grave was proof. You put the dead body in there and that is where it stays.
As one of my medical colleagues once told me as a matter-of-fact while I was trying to share the gospel with him, “Dead men don’t rise.”
In every case, my friend was right, except for one. And that one has made all the difference.
Jesus Christ rose from the dead, just as He promised, and brought hope to all those who repent and believe in Him by faith. He defeated death, hell and the grave, bringing life – abundant and eternal – to those who turn to Him.
Those who die apart from Christ are twice dead – physically and spiritually. But, because Jesus – who died but is now alive – rose from the dead, we who were spiritually dead are made alive through faith in Him.
The reality of our resurrected Lord makes a difference every day in all of life. People lose their house to a fire and lose hope. The tomb is empty! There is hope.
People experience broken relationships. The tomb is empty! There is hope! If Christ had not risen from the dead, we would have no hope – in life or in death. But Paul says, “Christ has been raised from the dead” (1 Corinthians 15:20).
We, therefore, not only have hope in this life but the life to come. Christ is not only our resurrected Lord, but also our returning king! Do you know the hope of the resurrected Christ? If not, trust Him today! If you do, tell someone today, “The tomb is empty. Jesus is alive. Trust in Him!”