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‘Looking for the blessed hope…’ Titus 2:13 NKJV

The blessed hope of the resurrection isn’t like a lottery where only one person out of millions hits the jackpot. And it’s not a wishful sentiment offered at gravesides to comfort the grieving. It’s a hope built on certainty. Jesus said, ‘…Because I live, you will live also.’ (John 14:19 NKJV) Paul explained: ‘…There is an order to this resurrection: Christ was raised as the first of the harvest; then all who belong to Christ will be raised when He comes back.’ (1 Corinthians 15:23 NLT) Paul was writing to Corinthian Christians who’d been schooled in the Greek philosophy of a shadowy afterlife. Someone was trying to convince them that corpses couldn’t be raised—neither theirs, nor Christ’s. And the apostle couldn’t bear such a thought. So with the brilliance of a great attorney in his closing argument, he reviews the facts: ‘…[Jesus] was raised from the dead on the third day… He was seen by Peter… the Twelve… more than 500 of His followers… Last of all… I also saw Him.’ (1 Corinthians 15:4–8 NLT) How many witnesses were there? A handful? No, hundreds! And they didn’t see a phantom or experience a sentiment. Graveside eulogies often include phrases like: ‘She’ll live on forever in our hearts.’ This isn’t what Jesus’ followers meant. They saw Him ‘in the flesh’. And if you’ve trusted Christ as your Saviour, one day you, too, will see Him in the flesh. At death, your spirit will go to be with Him, and at His return, your resurrected body will rise to meet Him in the air. ‘So shall we ever be with the Lord.’ (1 Thessalonians 4:17 KJV) Awesome, absolutely awesome!

SoulFood: Jer 31-32, Luke 24:13-18, Ps 32, Prov 9:10-16

The Word for Today is authored by Bob and Debby Gass and published under licence from UCB International Copyright © 2015

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