Hope Beyond The ‘Now’

Listen, I tell you a mystery: We will not all sleep, but we will all be changed— in a flash, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed.

“Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?”
But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.”
‭‭1 Corinthians‬ ‭15:51-52, 55, 57-58‬ ‭

Terror. Disease. Hurt. Pain. Suffering. Disapointment. Betrayal. Death.
Few common words which defines our daily existence. We hear it on popular media or see it happening in our neighbourhood. Unfortunately, it even effects our personal lives.
If it is not on today’s breaking news, it is bound to be tomorrow’s reality. We try to escape it with the latest advancements in medicine, technology or business, but life has a way of surprising us when we least expect it.
Yes, there would be few moments of happiness generated or experienced with quality relationships, worthwhile achievements and loving generosity. But, at the end of the day, the world that we live in is temporary and literally everything fades away.
However, the only HOPE beyond this morbid existence, is our relationship with Jesus. Based on this relationship with Jesus, we have HOPE beyond the ‘NOW’. This hope is unique, because it is based on 3 unchanging facts:
  • JESUS’ VICTORY over death: the Lord Jesus Christ conquered the worst nemesis of the human race, death, when he resurrected on the third day. Death cannot finish us, because Jesus finished the sting of death.
  • HAPPY life beyond the grave: This world is not the end of it all. The real life begins beyond the grave, in our eternal home with Jesus. Death doesn’t end our existence, but it merely starts our lifelong experience with Jesus.
  • PURPOSE-driven life today: Today is not lived out in suffering and brokenness. We passionately share the good news of Jesus’ resurrection and hope beyond the grave. We faithfully pursue noble personal goals, healthy relationships and social concerns, because we showcase God’s love to the world in everything we do.
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