31st May 2019

The Certain Hope of Our Resurrection

“God raised him (Jesus) from the dead, freeing him from the agony of death, because it was impossible for death to keep its hold on him.”
Acts 2:24 (NIVUK)

What power does death have over the Christian?

In Peter’s sermon at the first Pentecost of the New Testament era he preached that it was impossible for death to keep its hold on Jesus Christ. Later on, in the book of Romans, Paul explained that, as illustrated in the symbolism of baptism, Christians participate not only in the crucifixion of Jesus but also in his resurrection. “We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life. For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we will certainly also be united with him in a resurrection like his” (Romans 6:4-5).

Therefore death has no eternal power over us. In Jesus we have the victory, and the hope of our being resurrected to eternal life is secure. This new life has begun now as we live the life of the Resurrected Christ within us. Whether we live or die, Jesus remains with us, and therein there is hope.

Physical death is hard, especially for the relatives and friends who are left behind. It is, however, because we are raised with Christ that it’s impossible for death to keep hold of us. For us death no longer defines the end of our hopes and dreams but, rather, it becomes the passage into Life Everlasting in the arms of the Father.

Prayer
Thank you, Father, that through your Spirit we share in the risen life of your Son, and that we live and breathe the hope of the resurrection because you raised Jesus from the dead. In Jesus’ name.
Amen

Study by James Henderson
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About the Author:
James Henderson is the European Superintendent for Grace Communion International.

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