If in Christ we have hope in this life only, we are of all people most to be pitied. But in fact Christ has been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep. For as by a man came death, by a man has come also the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ shall all be made alive. – 1 Corinthians 15:19-22
Sin entered the world through Adam (Genesis 3), and as his descendants we have inherited our sin nature from him. Our nature is to sin, and the consequence of sin is death (Romans 3:23). This is why we read in 1 Corinthians, “As in Adam all die.”
As surely as we are alive, we will also all experience death. There is no escaping it, and people experience many different kinds of death. Sin affects our bodies, thoughts, emotions, and relationships. Some people have dead marriages or perhaps dead relationships with their children. Others are experiencing death in their lives as they battle disease, depression, anxiety, loss of self-worth, addictions, etc. Death is all around us, but there is hope.
On Good Friday, we worship Jesus, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross (Hebrews 12:2). On Resurrection Sunday, we worship Jesus, who has been raised from the dead (1 Corinthians 15:19). Jesus paid the debt of our sin on the cross, and He also defeated death when He was resurrected the following Sunday.
The day is coming when every person who has died will be resurrected and judged. It is simple enough to go to hell, but how do you enter heaven? How do you make peace with God? The thief on the cross got it right (Luke 23:39-43). He recognized his own sin as well as the true identity of Jesus. He declared Jesus had done nothing wrong and then said, “Jesus, remember me when You come in Your kingdom!”
Ray Comfort wrote, “This life is the only hell believers will ever know. But for those who die in their sins, this is their only heaven.” How about you? Have you come to the end of yourself? Have you recognized the hopelessness of your sin? Have you ever come to Jesus in prayer to repent? Repentance is agreeing you are a sinner and in need of forgiveness. Repentance is laying down your old life and taking up the new life that Christ offers. We all need His resurrection power.
Galatians 2:20 – I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.