Hope in the Face of Death
God’s promise of a future resurrection gives us hope for the lives we live today.
1. Hope does not ignore the pain of death.
"In other words, there will never be a time when a person ceases to exist or ceases to be conscious of his existence. This is true for both the believer and the non-believer. For example, when Christians die their bodies go into the grave but their spirits go directly into the presence of God (2 Cor 5:8). By contrast, when non-Christians die their bodies go into the grave but their spirits go immediately to hell (Luke 16:22-23)." — Mark Howell
2. Hope is found in Christ’s death and resurrection.
3. Hope is focused on Christ’s second coming.
"The grave is not the end. Death is not final. Just as you have the absolute assurance that you will see Jesus one day, so too you have the same assurance that you will see your loved ones again. This promise of a coming reunion should give every believer a present hope." — Matthew Howell
4. Hope is shared among one another.