1 Corinthians 15:20

Throughout human history, perhaps no greater fear has existed in the minds of human beings than the fear of death and dying.  In fact, the fear of death is the reason behind all sorts of other phobias.  Ultimately, all of these fears come back to an underlying fear of death and the uncertainty it brings.  Mankind has always sought some way to try and prolong his life by cheating death. Some time ago, I heard about a company called ‘Alcor’ which is based in Arizona and specializes in human cryogenics.  For a small fortune, this company will swap out your blood with antifreeze after you are dead and keep your corpse on ice until the science of ‘resuscitation’ is discovered.  More than a thousand people are on the waiting list, and they have already had some famous people go through with it after death, such as Ted Williams, the baseball player.

All of us want to prolong our days.  None of us want to think about our mortality.  And yet no matter how hard we try to ignore it, death is inevitable. This is why the gospel is such good news to those who believe.  The gospel shows us how the grave only leads to glory!  By dying, Jesus Christ paid the penalty for my sin.  And by rising from the grave, Jesus Christ has secured my salvation and given me eternal life. 

The death and resurrection of Jesus Christ is the single most important event in human history.  It is the fulcrum upon which all of history turns, for it literally changed the course of human history.  Jesus died, but Jesus is not dead.  The gospel is the good news that Jesus died for sins and rose to life again.  Therefore, those who trust in Him have no need to fear death. We have resurrection hope! The truth that Jesus conquered the grave gives confidence to our lives and serves as the impetus in our mission. Share the hope that you have with someone else today!

For more, read 1 Corinthians 15:1-26