BIBLE READING: JOHN 11:21-27; 1CORINTHIANS 15:12-58; 1THESSALONIANS 4:13-18
“Jesus said unto her, “I am the Resurrection and the Life, he who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live.” John 11:25 (NKJV).
Christianity is built on Three Major Pillars: Love, Faith and Hope. One of the Most Outstanding of these Pillars is the Revelation of our Blessed Hope and Assurance in Christ (see Tit. 2:13). Amongst the sacred literature of the religions of the world, only the Holy Bible gives a detailed description and understanding of life after death.
Paul said, “If our Hope in Christ is only on things of this world, we are of all men most miserable (1Cor. 15:19). When Mary and Martha lost their beloved brother Lazarus and the news got to Jesus, He told the disciples after staying for three extra days that Lazarus was asleep. Believers don’t die but rather we fall asleep because we have the Hope of Resurrection at the Last Day when that Great Trumpet shall sound. 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 reveals that, “The dead in Christ shall arise first and we who are alive and remain in faith shall be caught up together with the Lord”.
Therefore, when a believer sleeps in the Lord, we should not cry like people of the world who don’t have hope because death for a Christian is merely a transition into Eternal Glory. We shall one day reunite with our loved ones that have fallen asleep in Christ. In John 11: 21-27, the Lord Jesus told Martha that whosoever believes in Him as the Resurrection and the Life would never die or experience the Second Death.
The Jews celebrate the Feast of Firstfruits during the Season of Passover. One key significance of this Feast is that Jesus was the First Fruit of those that will rise from the dead (see 1Cor. 15:20).
As we countdown to the Great Tribulation, may God grant us a Deeper Revelation of our Blessed Hope which helps us to live holy (1Jn. 3:3) as well as live in time with Eternity in perspective while enduring through till the very end (see Heb. 12:2).
Heavenly Father, we ask that You grant us understanding and a revelation of our Blessed Assurance and enable us to endure to the very end till we see our Lord and Saviour on that Glorious Day in Jesus’ Mighty Name. Amen.