Is Your Hope Alive?
There are many religions, philosophies, thoughts, and belief systems in our world, but only one that has a living hope. There are many heroes, teachers, prophets, and gurus; but only one who conquered death. (Now, I am not picking on eastern religions when I use the word gurus. It is just so much fun to say.) Many have claimed to know the way to truth and life, but all but one of them is dead and gone. Unlike the others, Jesus did not claim to know the way to truth and life. He claimed to be the way, and then rose from the dead as proof. Why would anyone want to follow someone who is buried in the ground? Why would anyone follow someone who claimed to know the way, the truth, and life and ended up swallowed up by death?
The two greatest problems humanity faces are sin and death. Most religions offer solutions of staunch discipline to deal with the sin problem, but have no resurrection component to their faith system. Jesus Christ alone claimed to be greater than sin and death, then demonstrated it clearly in our time and space. He showed Himself resurrected to more than 500 hundred people for 40 days just to make it clear. And still, today, His resurrection power is on display in the living hope of His followers. His followers have been the single most dominant force for good in the world ever since that resurrection day. Praise be to the God and Father of the Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. Since Jesus is alive, our hope can be alive also.