FRIDAY July 27, 2018
Men Most Pitiable
Then also those who have fallen asleep in Christ have perished.
If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all
men the most pitiable.
I Corinthians 15:18-19
Notice how Paul concluded his argument for the resurrection. If the resurrection is not true, then we are pitiable––miserable––because anyone who had already died would have perished without hope. Many people in this world are miserable because they do not have Jesus, and they have no hope. Incredibly, we do have hope because of what has been written in the Scriptures. How sad not to have the hope of salvation.
In all four Gospels is the record of Jesus’ death and burial. While buried in the tomb, many things were happening behind the scenes. When Jesus gave His last words on the Cross and His spirit departed, at that time, Jesus went down into hell to Abraham’s bosom, which is amazing to me. This is a place where the saints––all those who were made righteous by faith––waited for Christ to come after being resurrected (Luke 16). When Jesus came, they all packed up and ascended to heaven with Him (Ephesians 4:8-10).
Notice Jesus’ words to the thief who accepted Him––while the other thief rejected Him––as He hung on the Cross: “Assuredly, I say to you, today you will be with Me in Paradise” (Luke 23:43). The thief who accepted Him while he died on a cross went to Paradise that same day!
I believe with all my heart that the reason people backslide is because they really do not have a picture of what heaven is going to be like. How can they stop attending church and walk away from Christ when these things written in the Scriptures are a reality––they are true?
Heaven is a reality, not seen by eyes of flesh, but made known by revelation and received by faith.
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