Foolish Things Christians Believe: My Death Is Not Final day 3
The Death of Hopelessness
Death is swallowed up in victory.
O death, where is your victory?
O death, where is your sting?
1 Corinthians 15:55 ESV
The perspective of the impermanence of life and the permanence of death often does a nose dive into nihilism where life has no ultimate meaning. Our society is riddled with anxiety and depression because people live with no hope beyond the certainty of their grave. Fear is a debilitating emotion.
Thank God that he gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. 1 Corinthians 15:57 ESV We know because of the fact of Jesus’ death and resurrection, that death does not have the final word. Our understanding of tomorrow is rooted in the victory of Christ, and that means we tackle today’s challenges with hope. We have an amazingly open-ended view of life.
So, then, brothers and sisters, don’t let anyone move you off the foundation ⌊of your faith⌋. Always excel in the work you do for the Lord. You know that the hard work you do for the Lord is not pointless. 1 Corinthians 15:58 GW
Reflect on Paul’s words, phrase by phrase. Write down the specifics of what you find there - comfort, solid footing, calling, purpose.
As you come to understand the contrast of hopelessness and our firm hope in Jesus, make note of the people who the Holy Spirit calls to mind and ask him to open their hearts to hope.
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