What gives a widow courage to continue as she stands beside a fresh grave? What is the ultimate hope of the abused, the forgotten and the hurting? What is the final answer to pain, mourning, senility, insanity, terminal diseases, sudden calamities, and fatal accidents?
The answer to each of these questions is the same: the hope of bodily resurrection.
We draw strength to press on from this unstoppable truth almost every day of our lives—more than we realize. It becomes the mental glue that holds our otherwise shattered thoughts together. As impossible though as it may be for us to understand the details of how God is going to pull it off, we hang our hopes on fragile, threadlike thoughts that say, "Someday, He will make it right;" and "Thank God, all this will change;" and "When we're with Him, we shall be like Him."
Recently, I have looked into red, swollen eyes and spoke hope to the sad and grief-stricken hearts the unstoppable news that “Jesus is alive!” and reminded them as John promised us in Revelation, "He shall wipe away every tear... there shall no longer be any death... any mourning or crying or pain... there shall no longer be any curse... any night... because the Lord God shall illumine them; and they shall reign forever and ever" (21:4; 22:3, 5).
Praise God for such wondrous hope!
There's nothing like the hope of resurrection to lift the agonizing spirits of the heavy-hearted.
But how can we know for sure? What gives us such unshakable assurance? How do we hold strong to such unstoppable confidence?
Those questions have the same answer:
The truth of Christ's resurrection.
Because He has been raised, we, too, shall rise!
Because He was unstoppable, so are we!
Jesus Himself promised: "I am the resurrection and the life; he who believes in Me will live even if he dies" (John 11:25).
Jesus gave everything so the church will stop at nothing.
In other words, the resurrection makes us unstoppable!
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