The truth that Jesus conquered the grave is what gives confidence to our lives.  It is what serves as the impetus in our mission.  For this reason, the resurrection of Jesus Christ is the lynchpin of Christianity.  Without it, we would have no gospel.  Nor would we have any hope for life beyond death.  If Jesus Christ were not raised, the Bible says that we would still be in our sins.  And those of us who believe would be, of all people, the most pitied.  So it is the subject of death and resurrection that I want to take up this morning, beginning in Ecclesiastes 3.

In the book of Ecclesiastes, King Solomon of Israel faces up to our fears by asking the hard questions of life, such as the meaning of the universe, the existence of God, and the nature of the life to come.  The difficult question of death comes up here at the end of the third chapter.  Solomon will pose a problem that doesn’t seem to have an answer.

What will happen when I die?  Is there any hope for me?