Resurrection Hope: What does it mean?

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by: David King

04/15/2022

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Definition of resurrection

1  a  capitalized the rising of Christ from the dead

     b  often capitalized the rising again to life of all the human dead before the final judgment

     c  the state of one risen from the dead

 Simply it means when you die, and you will die, you will live again (unless you are changed in the twinkling of the eye in the Rapture). And then the judgement of our lives, Hope in our Resurrection.

In Hebrews the writer states:

Hebrews 9:27-28 AMP

“And just as it is appointed and destined for all men to die once and after this [comes certain] judgment,”

At this point, I want to state that my hope is in Jesus Christ and nothing else. Hope is different from faith and believe. I believe in the Bible and it is true. I have faith that Jesus Christ is the son of God and came to save us from our sins. I hope that I can do what God wants me to do and that He says “well done my faithful servant” when my life on earth is done.

Jesus, himself states to the thief on the cross about Resurrection,

Luke 23:40-43 AMP

But the other one rebuked him, saying, "Do you not even fear God, since you are under the same sentence of condemnation? [41] We are suffering justly, because we are getting what we deserve for what we have done; but this Man has done nothing wrong." [42] And he was saying, "Jesus, [please] remember me when You come into Your kingdom!" [43] Jesus said to him, "I assure you and most solemnly say to you, today you will be with Me in Paradise."

Again Jesus states about our resurrection

John 14:1-2 AMP

"Do not let your heart be troubled (afraid, cowardly). Believe [confidently] in God and trust in Him, [have faith, hold on to it, rely on it, keep going and] believe also in Me. [2] In My Father's house are many dwelling places. If it were not so, I would have told you, because I am going there to prepare a place for you.

Also, Jesus tells about the after life of Lazarus and the rich ruler,

Luke 16:19-31 AMP

"Now there was a certain rich man who was habitually dressed in expensive purple and fine linen, and celebrated and lived joyously in splendor every day. [20] And a poor man named Lazarus, was laid at his gate, covered with sores. [21] He [eagerly] longed to eat the crumbs which fell from the rich man's table. Besides, even the dogs were coming and licking his sores. [22] Now it happened that the poor man died and his spirit was carried away by the angels to Abraham's bosom (paradise); and the rich man also died and was buried. [23] In Hades (the realm of the dead), being in torment, he looked up and saw Abraham far away and Lazarus in his bosom (paradise). [24] And he cried out, 'Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus so that he may dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue, because I am in severe agony in this flame.' [25] But Abraham said, 'Son, remember that in your lifetime you received your good things [all the comforts and delights], and Lazarus likewise bad things [all the discomforts and distresses]; but now he is comforted here [in paradise], while you are in severe agony. [26] And besides all this, between us and you [people] a great chasm has been fixed, so that those who want to come over from here to you will not be able, and none may cross over from there to us.' [27] So the rich man said, 'Then, father [Abraham], I beg you to send Lazarus to my father's house- [28] for I have five brothers-in order that he may solemnly warn them and witness to them, so that they too will not come to this place of torment.' [29] But Abraham said, 'They have [the Scriptures given by] Moses and the [writings of the] Prophets; let them listen to them.' [30] He replied, 'No, father Abraham, but if someone from the dead goes to them, they will repent [they will change their old way of thinking and seek God and His righteousness].' [31] And he said to him, 'If they do not listen to [the messages of] Moses and the Prophets, they will not be persuaded even if someone rises from the dead.'"

And so much more. Paul states,

Philippians 1:21-23 AMP

For to me, to live is Christ [He is my source of joy, my reason to live] and to die is gain [for I will be with Him in eternity]. [22] If, however, it is to be life here and I am to go on living, this will mean useful and productive service for me; so I do not know which to choose [if I am given that choice]. [23] But I am hard-pressed between the two. I have the desire to leave [this world] and be with Christ, for that is far, far better;

Christians should not fear death for the promises of GOD are many for us. In Revelation, John gives a picture of the grandeur of the throne room of God (Revelation chapter4). Paul states that Heaven is so glorious that he can’t even mention about it. 

2 Corinthians 12:3-4 AMP And I know that such a man-whether in the body or out of the body I do not know, [only] God knows- [4] was caught up into Paradise and heard inexpressible words which man is not permitted to speak [words too sacred to tell].

Even in Isaiah, the prophet tells about the things to come, as Paul tells the Corinthians.

1 Corinthians 2:9 NKJV

But as it is written: "Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, Nor have entered into the heart of man The things which God has prepared for those who love Him."

For all mankind, all that you gain here, will be left behind upon your death. Someone else will enjoy the material things you have accumulated or take them around and show everyone else; just checkout King Tut’s stuff. Squire Parsons has a song that is so true that states that this (earth) is not my home, I’m just passing through. The only thing we leave behind is the effect we have on others. I could go on and on about Heaven; it is a major topic that Jesus talked about and the Bible teaches us about, but I will also leave you with a few thoughts, Jesus states in Luke 12:4-5 AMP:

"I say to you, My friends, do not be afraid of those who kill the body and after that have nothing more that they can do. [5] But I will point out to you whom you should fear: fear the One who, after He has killed, has authority and power to hurl [you] into hell; yes, I say to you, [stand in great awe of God and] fear Him!

And  

Matthew 7:21-23 AMP

"Not everyone who says to Me, 'Lord, Lord,' will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven. [22] Many will say to Me on that day [when I judge them], 'Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, and driven out demons in Your name, and done many miracles in Your name?' [23] And then I will declare to them publicly, 'I never knew you; DEPART FROM ME [you are banished from My presence], YOU WHO ACT WICKEDLY [disregarding My commands].'

Paul mentions what would happen if there was no resurrection;

1 Corinthians 15:12-19 AMP

Now if Christ is preached as raised from the dead, how is it that some among you say that there is no resurrection of the dead? [13] But if there is no resurrection of the dead, then not even Christ has been raised; [14] and if Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is vain [useless, amounting to nothing], and your faith is also vain [imaginary, unfounded, devoid of value and benefit-not based on truth]. [15] We are even discovered to be false witnesses [misrepresenting] God, because we testified concerning Him that He raised Christ, whom He did not raise, if in fact the dead are not raised. [16] For if the dead are not raised, then Christ has not been raised, either; [17] and if Christ has not been raised, your faith is worthless and powerless [mere delusion]; you are still in your sins [and under the control and penalty of sin]. [18] Then those also who have fallen asleep in Christ are lost. [19] If we who are [abiding] in Christ have hoped only in this life [and this is all there is], then we are of all people most miserable and to be pitied.

I could tell of the many times and miracles that I have see over these 70 plus year, of the many, many times God has spared my life, but the only thing that really matters is my hope that I’m found a good and faithful servant and my faith in the Resurrection of Jesus Christ seated at the right hand of God, making intercession for us. 

Definition of resurrection

1  a  capitalized the rising of Christ from the dead

     b  often capitalized the rising again to life of all the human dead before the final judgment

     c  the state of one risen from the dead

 Simply it means when you die, and you will die, you will live again (unless you are changed in the twinkling of the eye in the Rapture). And then the judgement of our lives, Hope in our Resurrection.

In Hebrews the writer states:

Hebrews 9:27-28 AMP

“And just as it is appointed and destined for all men to die once and after this [comes certain] judgment,”

At this point, I want to state that my hope is in Jesus Christ and nothing else. Hope is different from faith and believe. I believe in the Bible and it is true. I have faith that Jesus Christ is the son of God and came to save us from our sins. I hope that I can do what God wants me to do and that He says “well done my faithful servant” when my life on earth is done.

Jesus, himself states to the thief on the cross about Resurrection,

Luke 23:40-43 AMP

But the other one rebuked him, saying, "Do you not even fear God, since you are under the same sentence of condemnation? [41] We are suffering justly, because we are getting what we deserve for what we have done; but this Man has done nothing wrong." [42] And he was saying, "Jesus, [please] remember me when You come into Your kingdom!" [43] Jesus said to him, "I assure you and most solemnly say to you, today you will be with Me in Paradise."

Again Jesus states about our resurrection

John 14:1-2 AMP

"Do not let your heart be troubled (afraid, cowardly). Believe [confidently] in God and trust in Him, [have faith, hold on to it, rely on it, keep going and] believe also in Me. [2] In My Father's house are many dwelling places. If it were not so, I would have told you, because I am going there to prepare a place for you.

Also, Jesus tells about the after life of Lazarus and the rich ruler,

Luke 16:19-31 AMP

"Now there was a certain rich man who was habitually dressed in expensive purple and fine linen, and celebrated and lived joyously in splendor every day. [20] And a poor man named Lazarus, was laid at his gate, covered with sores. [21] He [eagerly] longed to eat the crumbs which fell from the rich man's table. Besides, even the dogs were coming and licking his sores. [22] Now it happened that the poor man died and his spirit was carried away by the angels to Abraham's bosom (paradise); and the rich man also died and was buried. [23] In Hades (the realm of the dead), being in torment, he looked up and saw Abraham far away and Lazarus in his bosom (paradise). [24] And he cried out, 'Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus so that he may dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue, because I am in severe agony in this flame.' [25] But Abraham said, 'Son, remember that in your lifetime you received your good things [all the comforts and delights], and Lazarus likewise bad things [all the discomforts and distresses]; but now he is comforted here [in paradise], while you are in severe agony. [26] And besides all this, between us and you [people] a great chasm has been fixed, so that those who want to come over from here to you will not be able, and none may cross over from there to us.' [27] So the rich man said, 'Then, father [Abraham], I beg you to send Lazarus to my father's house- [28] for I have five brothers-in order that he may solemnly warn them and witness to them, so that they too will not come to this place of torment.' [29] But Abraham said, 'They have [the Scriptures given by] Moses and the [writings of the] Prophets; let them listen to them.' [30] He replied, 'No, father Abraham, but if someone from the dead goes to them, they will repent [they will change their old way of thinking and seek God and His righteousness].' [31] And he said to him, 'If they do not listen to [the messages of] Moses and the Prophets, they will not be persuaded even if someone rises from the dead.'"

And so much more. Paul states,

Philippians 1:21-23 AMP

For to me, to live is Christ [He is my source of joy, my reason to live] and to die is gain [for I will be with Him in eternity]. [22] If, however, it is to be life here and I am to go on living, this will mean useful and productive service for me; so I do not know which to choose [if I am given that choice]. [23] But I am hard-pressed between the two. I have the desire to leave [this world] and be with Christ, for that is far, far better;

Christians should not fear death for the promises of GOD are many for us. In Revelation, John gives a picture of the grandeur of the throne room of God (Revelation chapter4). Paul states that Heaven is so glorious that he can’t even mention about it. 

2 Corinthians 12:3-4 AMP And I know that such a man-whether in the body or out of the body I do not know, [only] God knows- [4] was caught up into Paradise and heard inexpressible words which man is not permitted to speak [words too sacred to tell].

Even in Isaiah, the prophet tells about the things to come, as Paul tells the Corinthians.

1 Corinthians 2:9 NKJV

But as it is written: "Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, Nor have entered into the heart of man The things which God has prepared for those who love Him."

For all mankind, all that you gain here, will be left behind upon your death. Someone else will enjoy the material things you have accumulated or take them around and show everyone else; just checkout King Tut’s stuff. Squire Parsons has a song that is so true that states that this (earth) is not my home, I’m just passing through. The only thing we leave behind is the effect we have on others. I could go on and on about Heaven; it is a major topic that Jesus talked about and the Bible teaches us about, but I will also leave you with a few thoughts, Jesus states in Luke 12:4-5 AMP:

"I say to you, My friends, do not be afraid of those who kill the body and after that have nothing more that they can do. [5] But I will point out to you whom you should fear: fear the One who, after He has killed, has authority and power to hurl [you] into hell; yes, I say to you, [stand in great awe of God and] fear Him!

And  

Matthew 7:21-23 AMP

"Not everyone who says to Me, 'Lord, Lord,' will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven. [22] Many will say to Me on that day [when I judge them], 'Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, and driven out demons in Your name, and done many miracles in Your name?' [23] And then I will declare to them publicly, 'I never knew you; DEPART FROM ME [you are banished from My presence], YOU WHO ACT WICKEDLY [disregarding My commands].'

Paul mentions what would happen if there was no resurrection;

1 Corinthians 15:12-19 AMP

Now if Christ is preached as raised from the dead, how is it that some among you say that there is no resurrection of the dead? [13] But if there is no resurrection of the dead, then not even Christ has been raised; [14] and if Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is vain [useless, amounting to nothing], and your faith is also vain [imaginary, unfounded, devoid of value and benefit-not based on truth]. [15] We are even discovered to be false witnesses [misrepresenting] God, because we testified concerning Him that He raised Christ, whom He did not raise, if in fact the dead are not raised. [16] For if the dead are not raised, then Christ has not been raised, either; [17] and if Christ has not been raised, your faith is worthless and powerless [mere delusion]; you are still in your sins [and under the control and penalty of sin]. [18] Then those also who have fallen asleep in Christ are lost. [19] If we who are [abiding] in Christ have hoped only in this life [and this is all there is], then we are of all people most miserable and to be pitied.

I could tell of the many times and miracles that I have see over these 70 plus year, of the many, many times God has spared my life, but the only thing that really matters is my hope that I’m found a good and faithful servant and my faith in the Resurrection of Jesus Christ seated at the right hand of God, making intercession for us. 

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2 Comments on this post:

Jenny Strickland

All true, 1 Corinthians 15 (amp) is awesome! The most important thing that we can do is trust His word and let it sustain us. Holding on to this “Eternal Hope”. Happy Good Friday!

Pastor Paul

Amen!! Our only hope is Jesus, everything else will perish but we will live again with Him!! Well said my Brother!!!

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