Tuesday, August 23rd, 2011
Resurrection Of Hope
His great mercy has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.
1 Peter 1:3 (NAS)
Truly, truly, I say to you, an hour is coming and now is, when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God, and those who hear will live.
John 5:25 (NAS)
When I became a born-again Christian, the idea of living an eternity in Heaven was like icing on a pound cake: amazing, but a bonus so sweet I couldn't eat it. The cake seemed more than enough; it was my earthy resurrection from a dying life into hope, life, liberty, and the promise of happiness.
Jesus did it first and invited me to follow. I now look forward to Heaven as a place of ultimate joy, reunion, and living with Christ face-to-face. I believe Heaven is far more real than anything on this earth--a place where faith, fellowship, creativity, worship, and laughter rule under the reign of Jesus Christ Himself.
Some entertainers place their hopes and dreams on hold. Each day seems dreary with hope denied and talents buried. But a full resurrection of life on this earth comes when we walk in the place we are called by Jesus. Newness and excitement return to our lives on the wings of a dove and each day becomes an adventure.
We all have gifts, vision, and a calling. Satan diverts our attention in every way possible, even using false religion or the fear of the cross, while denying the joy of resurrection. The real truth, revealed only by Jesus, shows the cross to be our duty to His calling, which yields amazing and abundant life.
What will we lose by carrying a cross like Jesus unto death? We lose selfishness, hopelessness, loneliness, boredom, addictions, chains, and misery--and yes, eventually our earthly bodies. Does it hurt? Birth, growth, and transformation are not easy, but God is merciful.
Jesus suffered for us. God helped Him carry the cross for all mankind, and He will help us carry ours. What happens then? Resurrection on this earth into a life filled with hope and love. Later: resurrection beyond this earth into a Heaven greater than our most cherished dreams.