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T-1 Day to Hope

April 23, 2011

Tomorrow is the BIG day! The resurrection day! When Jesus rose from death to conquer sin, hell, and the grave, he gave us a wonderful hope. We no longer need fear anything, because life’s final answer – death – is no longer final. As Paul writes in 1 Corinthians 15:54-55: “Death has been swallowed up in victory.” “Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?” We know that death is not the end, so death and fear of death no longer hold any power over our lives.

But how should we remember this fact in our daily lives? Let us heed Paul’s words in 1 Corinthians 15:58: “Therefore, my dear brothers, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.” Simply put: Christ died for us, he conquered death, and because of this we know our work for the Lord is not in vain – he loves us! Therefore, let us work harder, love more deeply, pray more often, stand firmly in our faith, and always seek to serve the Lord fully in everything we do – because we know he loves us and gave his own life to save ours.

Christianity is unlike every other religion on Earth in that it proclaims that man can do nothing to please God except accept his free gift of life. All other religions teach that man must work hard to reach God and get him to love us. Christianity teaches that because God loves us and has already reached down to us, we respond in love by working hard for him – not because it will win us more brownie points toward heaven, but because we are already headed for heaven – his abundant love overflows our hearts and gives us joy to work for his kingdom. So let nothing and no one stifle your joy on this day. It is because of his great love for us that we have a living hope in Christ Jesus, our Lord, who died for our sins and destroyed death when he was raised again to life. Praise be to our Risen King!

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