The resurrection from the dead gives us something to hold on to that makes this life bearable with all its trouble and strife

Knowing that he which raised up the Lord Jesus shall raise up us also by Jesus and shall present us with you (2 Corinthians 4:14).

 Knowing that just as the Lord Jesus was raised from the dead, we too will be raised from the dead should impress upon us that there is within all of us a soul that will never die. Think about this, every new life brought into this world never completely dies because a part of that life will live forever. Just think, this old weak, frail, worn out body will one day go into the grave but it will not stay there (1 Cor. 15:51-57). The grave into which we go is only the door through which we pass on our journey into eternity. Now, really begin to think. Are you ready for that, are you prepared to live forever? We put a great deal of stress on being prepared in the temporal affairs of this life. We take steps to protect ourselves in order to be as safe as possible. My friends, the resurrection from the dead tells us that we had better be considering something besides this life with its few short years. We had best be showing the same or more desire, zeal and enthusiasm for our resurrection from the dead than we show for the temporal things of this earthly life. Life is a great gift from God. One day it will end  and then that part of us that never dies will take center stage Heb. 9:27; 2 Cor. 5:10). What a day that will be!

The resurrection from the dead gives us something to hold on to that makes this life bearable with all its trouble and strife–it is our lifeline. As faithful children of God, we know that because of the resurrection of the dead, the best is yet to come. In the morning of the resurrection we will be raised up to a glorious, incorruptible body that will be immortal (1 Cor. 15:52-53). The resurrection of the dead touches every string of our human hearts because it is the resurrection that conquers death and gives to the faithful child of God the greatest victory imaginable (1 Corinthians 15:57; Colossians 1:12-14).

Charles Hicks