Hope… beyond this world?

As we watch the news we can find ourselves looking on in horror. On Palm Sunday two suicide bombers walked into two Egyptian churches, killing 45 Christians as they celebrated Jesus’ entrance into Jerusalem. A 20-year-old student from England was also killed on Good Friday as thousands of Jewish and Christian pilgrims descended on the city’s holy sites for Good Friday and the Passover holiday.

And it is not just, this but we all experience hardship and suffering in our lives. And if this was all there was our lives would be very sad indeed. But the good news we have is that this is not all there is. We don’t put our hopes and dreams in these fragile bodies. We don’t pin everything on this life that was never meant to last forever.

Listen to what Jesus says about Lazarus in John 11:23-27:

23 Jesus said to her, “Your brother will rise again.” 24 Martha answered, “I know he will rise again in the resurrection at the last day.” 25 Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die; 26 and whoever lives by believing in me will never die. Do you believe this?” 27 “Yes, Lord,” …

We will all die, sin has made sure of that. But Jesus has come and he tells us that those who believe in him will live, even though they die. We will be raised to new life free from sin in heaven where we will never die again.

Friends, it can be hard watching all that is going on in the world. It can be hard to live our own lives in this world. But we must remember not to pin all our hopes on this life, because it is full of hardship and it will end. But Jesus offers us something far more glorious. Halleluiah! And this is the message that our world needs to hear; this is the rescuer they need to hear about. So, rejoice in the hope beyond and share this hope with others.

Chris Forder

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