The 94th Day-There is hope after death
For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. — 1 Thessalonians 4:16 (NIV)
Jesus has promised to come back sometime in the future, and as a matter of fact, he is coming back at this moment. The Bible tells us when he comes back, the whole world will be restored from the control of Satan. There will be no more sins, no more aguish, no more sadness, no more tears… Moreover, the dead in Christ shall be raised up as well.
When the scripture says, ‘the dead in Christ will rise first’, it means what it says. God has raised Jesus from the dead three days after the crucification. He was given a spiritual body which allows him to eat and drink, and walking through the walls at the same time. He lived with his disciples for 40 days and appeared to the public before he was taken up to heaven.
The resurrection of Jesus occupies a significant place in Christian belief. One of the reasons is that it gives us hope even after death. God has raised our Saviour and he also has promised to do the same to the people who believe his son. So the Bible refers to the people who have passed away as ‘the people fallen asleep’. The dead will come to live again just as simple as you and me wake up every morning after hours of sleep. One day you and I will be given a spiritual body and live with Jesus in his kingdom for eternity.
That’s the hope we have.