As Christians, we are people of hope, because Christ accomplished something we couldn’t accomplish – a perfectly righteous life and an acceptable sacrifice of death and resurrection. And this guarantees us salvation if we call upon Him as Lord and Savior. But if that stone remained over the entrance to the tomb, and Jesus stayed wrapped in his garments, and His body decayed and He never rose from the dead, Paul says, “we are of all people most to be pitied.”
That may be the ultimate example of wasting your life. Charles Spurgeon said, “To be born into the Christian life, which gives great pain and sorrow, would be a miserable thing if it were not compensated by the hope of glory that we have in Christ.”
The sad reality is that many are living without hope!
Many refuse to acknowledge Jesus as Lord so there is no reason to hope past this life, and there is no comfort in death. They are living as if they resurrection didn’t happen.
Here is our hope – “But in fact Christ has been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep” (I Cor 15:20). And it’s because of truths like this that we can sing refrains like this
“Christ alone; cornerstone
Weak made strong; in the Saviour’s love
Through the storm, He is Lord, Lord of all.”