Hope for the Resurrection

Great Days in History: The Unfolding of the Scheme of Redemption

Those who had been raised from the dead prior to Jesus’ resurrection did die again. But through Jesus, we have hope for a resurrection like His. However, this hope is only for those who will obey Him. Notice what Paul wrote:

Therefore we have been buried with Him through baptism into death, so that as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, so we too might walk in newness of life. For if we have become united with Him in the likeness of His death, certainly we shall also be in the likeness of His resurrection, knowing this, that our old self was crucified with Him, in order that our body of sin might be done away with, so that we would no longer be slaves to sin; for he who has died is freed from sin. Now if we have died with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with Him” (Romans 6:4-8).

If we will die to sin, be buried with Christ in baptism, and walk in newness of life, we can also be raised “never to die again” (Romans 6:9). Jesus is “the resurrection and the life” (John 11:25). Even though we may die, we will receive the reward if we are faithful to Him. Those who have “fallen asleep in Jesus” will receive the same reward as those who are “alive and remain” when the Lord returns (1 Thessalonians 4:14-17).

Therefore, we do not need to fear death. In writing of the hope of the resurrection, Paul told the Corinthians, “The last enemy that will be abolished is death” (1 Corinthians 15:26). Regarding this event, Paul wrote, “But when this perishable will have put on the imperishable, and this mortal will have put on immortality, then will come about the saying that is written, ‘Death is swallowed up in victory. O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting? The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law; but thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ” (1 Corinthians 15:54-57).

Even if we face persecution for the cause of Christ, we can have confidence in the hope of the resurrection. Jesus said, “Do not fear those who kill the body but are unable to kill the soul; but rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell” (Matthew 10:28). We may be “considered as sheep to be slaughtered,” yet we “overwhelmingly conquer through Him who loved us” (Romans 8:36-37).

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Daily Notes & Observations: “Carry My Bones Up From Here” (Excerpt)

January 29

“Carry My Bones Up From Here”

Daily Notes & ObservationsBefore Joseph’s death, he charged his brethren to do something regarding his remains.

Then Joseph made the sons of Israel swear, saying, ‘God will surely take care of you, and you shall carry my bones up from here’” (Genesis 50:25).

There are two noteworthy points about Joseph’s statement here.

First, Joseph knew that God would deliver the children of Israel out of Egypt. God made a promise to Abraham that his descendants would possess a certain land. That land was not Goshen in Egypt, but Canaan. By faith, Joseph gave instructions based upon this future event that he was sure would happen (cf. Hebrews 11:22).

Second, Joseph wanted to be numbered with his brethren, not with the Egyptians. By this point he had lived in Egypt for most of his life. But he did not hold any sentimental attachment to the land of Egypt. When the Israelites finally left Egypt, he wanted to be sure that his bones were carried out with them.

We should learn some lessons from Joseph’s statement which he made before his death. First, just as he had faith in God’s promise, we must have faith in God’s promises as well. We have “a hope both sure and steadfast” (Hebrews 6:19) in heaven because of Christ.

Second, as Joseph recognized that he belonged in Canaan, rather than in Egypt, we must remember that this world is not our home. We are just “aliens and strangers” (1 Peter 2:11). “Our citizenship is in heaven” (Philippians 3:20).

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