If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men the most pitiable. 1 Corinthians 15:19
Do you believe in the resurrection? This is a pretty easy question to answer if you are a believer in Christ Jesus, but I am asking you to consider your resurrection? Yes, we believe that Jesus died on the cross, was buried in a tomb and resurrected from the dead after 3 days, but do you believe you and all others will be resurrected after you die?
I think about movies where someone comes back from the dead. It always seems to surprise me, which is why I am asking my self this question. Yes, I know the movie isn’t real, just some fictitious story that Hollywood made up, but if I find it so surprising in the world of make believe, how can I be sure that I really believe in my heart that we will be resurrected when Jesus comes?
Today’s reading is about the resurrection. Not just the resurrection of Jesus, but the resurrection of the saints. Paul says if we don’t believe in the resurrection of Jesus, then our life is meaningless beyond this world. When we die and those who have already passed have perished or just fade away. Paul concludes that if we don’t believe that we will be resurrected, we are like all who do not believe that are most pitiable. Which means should be pitied or pathetic.
My conclusion is that I will now believe and not be surprised or skeptical when it happens. God raised Jesus up and He is able to raise up the entire body of believers on that day. I actually look forward to that day, now. Of course, my hope is that I will not have to be resurrected, but I will be changed in the twinkling of an eye. (see vs. 52) but until that day comes, I will believe that I will live out the full number of my days, the days He numbered for me and then when He raised up the believers that have gone on ahead, I will be raised up and glorified with them.
Today I want to encourage you to consider the resurrection of the saints who have gone on before us. No doubt, we all know some that have already passed. Will we see the day that they will be resurrected and receive their glorified body and are we looking for that day to come. Decide that you will not be like those who are most pitiable. Solidify you faith in the resurrection and that you are living today for the benefits of tomorrow resurrected life.
Today’s scripture reading: 1 Corinthians 15:12-19