Why You Can Live With Hope

Read 1 Corinthians 15

We are living in a culture where there is a crisis of hope. The recent film Hurt Locker, which one an Oscar for best picture, highlights the state of hopelessness that is evident within people’s lives. Our culture communicates to us that hope is futile and we are condemned to live without an understanding of our lives and the world around us.

Leo Tolstoy once said, “Why should I live? Why wish for anything, or do anything? is there any meaning in my life that the inevitable death awaiting me does not destroy?”

Why is there a crisis of hope in our world?

I believe it’s because we have pushed the centrality of the resurrection of Jesus Christ out of everyday life! On Good Friday we remember Jesus Christ’s death on the cross for the salvation of mankind but on Easter Sunday we are reminded that we can live with hope because Jesus Christ has risen from the dead.

The disciples, on Good Friday and Silent Saturday, were filled with hopelessness because they had forgotten that Jesus Christ was going to rise on the 3rd Day. When Jesus did rise from the dead, they were astonished and some found it hard to believe.

Skeptics in our culture still find it hard to believe that Jesus rose from the dead. The reality is Jesus’ resurrection is an historical fact more attested to than most other events in human history we take for granted. Skeptics cannot simply dismiss the resurrection of Jesus because key questions have to be answered. In fact, I think the burden of proof rests more on the shoulders of the skeptic to prove Jesus didn’t rise from the dead than on those who believe he did.

  • If Jesus resurrection didn’t happen you’ve got to explain why the church exploded the way it did?
  • Over 500 witnesses saw Jesus resurrected body
  • The Christian worldview of Jesus resurrection exploded in a short time when ordinarily world-views take many years of discussion and debate before they emerge.
  • Why would virtually all of the apostles and many of the disciples willingly die for something that was a hoax?

The resurrection of Jesus is the foundation of our faith and the reason why you can live with hope. Placing your hope in anything less than Christ as the Son of God is setting you up for disappointment. If Jesus didn’t rise from the dead, our faith is pointless and we are still living in our sins. We may as well and go and live as selfishly as possible because there is no point to life.

Why care for the social & environmental needs of our world if the world is a the product of an accident called the Big Bang? The resurrection of Jesus Christ tells us that the world matters. NT Wright once said, “Easter means that in world where injustice and violence and degradation are endemic, God is not prepared to tolerate such things, and that we will work and plan with all the energy of God to implement the victory of Christ over them all.”

We can live with hope because Jesus resurrection gives us assurance of our own resurrection one day. As Paul says, “Death is swallowed up in victory. O death where is your victory and where is your sting?” The Gospel offers us real hope because Jesus resurrection makes way for us to be completely transformed like Christ.

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