Think about your lives right now, everything that has happened to lead you to where you are. It is unfathomable by human standards to think of all the little and big moments that had to work out just right in order to lead us and leave us where we are right now.
Your life most likely feels like a long list of highly improbable and unforgettable outcomes. But regardless of how your memories feel, they all happened. If we look at Christ’s resurrection by the same human limitations, they will also appear to be unimaginable. But Christ’s resurrection did happen. When we understand that God sent His only Son down from heaven to die for our sins, that is when we can appreciate the truth contained in the Bible.
We as Christians have faith: the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. Having faith in Christ and His resurrection is the cornerstone of our beliefs. If we did not have faith in the resurrection of Christ, then there would still be sinners waiting to be saved. We would be without purpose, moments in our lives would be without reason, and most importantly we would be without hope for all eternity. Hope doesn’t come from man’s way or the world’s way of thinking, with cold logic and statistics. Hope comes from God, and God is the one who individually made every single person on this Earth. We all live with hope in our hearts whether we realize it or not.
As Christians we live with a living and everlasting hope in our hearts because we become temples for the Holy Spirit when we are baptized. In baptism we become dead to the powers and authorities of the world. Many people because of this fact see obeying God and getting baptized as a loss in their life. This way of thinking could not be more wrong, because with God we become alive. When we lose the world and its ideals of living by a temporary mindset when we get baptized, we gain the power of eternal life through Christ’s sacrifice. The only way we can keep this power alive is by obeying God. We have much more to gain than to lose by following God. Which is why we need to ask ourselves: "Have I been raised, and am I truly living as though I have been raised?"
Inspired by: 1 Corinthians 15:1-22, 50-58; Romans 1:4, 4:18-25, 8:11; 1 Peter 1:3-5; Luke 24:44-47; Ephesians 1:10-20; Colossians 2:12-15