This weekend we celebrate the unfathomable:
the Son of God’s sinless and selfless life on earth,
His sacrifice and substitutionary death for our sin, and
His defeat of death, hell and the grave.
His resurrection from death secures our hope of eternal life.
It doesn’t secure a more prosperous life here on earth.
It doesn’t secure physical healing.
It doesn’t secure freedom from consequences.
It secures hope—a confident hope—of eternal life in the presence of God, of a life we can’t imagine.
Only then will we experience a life free from poverty, disease, and injustice. A life free from heartache, violence, abuse, terrorism, political posturing, human trafficking, etc.
We wrongly look to earthly authorities to provide what only God can, what only God will.
Share Peter’s inexpressible and glorious joy on this Resurrection Sunday.
All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.
It is by his great mercy that we have been born again,
because God raised Jesus Christ from the dead.
Now we live with great expectation,
and we have a priceless inheritance—
an inheritance that is kept in heaven for you, pure and undefiled,
beyond the reach of change and decay.
And through your faith, God is protecting you by his power
until you receive this salvation,
which is ready to be revealed on the last day for all to see.
So be truly glad. There is wonderful joy ahead, even though
you must endure many trials for a little while.
These trials will show that your faith is genuine.
It is being tested as fire tests and purifies gold—
though your faith is far more precious than mere gold.
So when your faith remains strong through many trials,
it will bring you much praise and glory and honor on the day when
Jesus Christ is revealed to the whole world.
You love him even though you have never seen him.
Though you do not see him now, you trust him;
and you rejoice with a glorious, inexpressible joy.
The reward for trusting him will be the salvation of your souls.
1 Peter 1:3-9 (NLT)