“and (Jesus) through the Spirit of holiness was declared with power to be the Son of God, by his resurrection from the dead: Jesus Christ our Lord.” (Romans 1:4).
What does the resurrection of Jesus mean to us? Surely it means that we have a hope that when we die, we will be given a new body and receive eternal life in God’s new heaven and new earth. But what does this resurrection hope mean for us now – before we come to the end of our lives?
It means that on this earth, the things we do, the things we gather, the people we are, have an eternal perspective. Yes we work, perhaps raise families, gain possessions and learn to live in the world. But these things are not where all of our hope and identity are found. We live, but we know that our true hope is found in the things God has prepared for us, these other things will pass away.
This means that when things go wrong in our lives, we are not crushed because our hope lies secure in the future God has for us. It actually means that there is no situation in our lives that are hopeless.
Death, sickness, starving nations, violence, wars and sadness are real issues for us but they don’t have the last word, because Jesus was raised from the dead!