Hope of Everlasting Life
Christmas can be summed up in one verse in the Bible and most everyone knows this verse by heart.
16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.
36 He who believes in the Son has everlasting life; and he who does not believe the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him.”
24 “Most assuredly, I say to you, he who hears My word and believes in Him who sent Me has everlasting life, and shall not come into judgment, but has passed from death into life.
40 And this is the will of Him who sent Me, that everyone who sees the Son and believes in Him may have everlasting life; and I will raise him up at the last day.”
47 Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me has everlasting life.
Believing in Jesus and in the one who sent Him is key to having eternal life.
Believing is receiving, receiving the gift God has afford to all those who will come to Him.
Death is then not feared. For death has no more victory of those who have received the precious gift of eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
55 “O Death, where is your sting? O Hades, where is your victory?”
Nevertheless, our bodies will die, however we who are in Christ have a hope of eternal life beyond the grave.
8 We are confident, yes, well pleased rather to be absent from the body and to be present with the Lord.
However the promise and gift of life doesn't end there. The scripture continue to reveal something marvelous that will come.
13 But I do not want you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning those who have fallen asleep, lest you sorrow as others who have no hope. 14 For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so God will bring with Him those who sleep in Jesus. 15 For this we say to you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive and remain until the coming of the Lord will by no means precede those who are asleep. 16 For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. 17 Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord. 18 Therefore comfort one another with these words.
For we shall all be changed at the Rapture or the Snatching up, the great gathering of the Church the Bride of Christ when our groom shall come back for us.
51 Behold, I tell you a mystery: We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed— 52 in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. 53 For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality.
When this happens dear friends something else more glorious and spectacular will happen.
For shortly after His glorious appearing and final judgment is made upon who chose not to believe in Him (Jesus) This same Jesus who spoke all creation into existence will recreate the heavens and the earth to its previous glory before the great fall. This even is recorded for us in 2 Peter as well as in Revelation
13 Nevertheless we, according to His promise, look for new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells.
Let us conclude this morning by just seeing exactly what God’s Word of promise says about the new heaven and the new earth…which by the way is our future eternal home with the one who gave us this everlasting life.
1 Now I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away. Also there was no more sea. 2 Then I, John, saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. 3 And I heard a loud voice from heaven saying, “Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people. God Himself will be with them and be their God. 4 And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away.” 5 Then He who sat on the throne said, “Behold, I make all things new.” And He said to me, “Write, for these words are true and faithful.” 6 And He said to me, “It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. I will give of the fountain of the water of life freely to him who thirsts. 7 He who overcomes shall inherit all things, and I will be his God and he shall be My son.
These this by dear ones will soon come to pass. The gift of God has been presented the question is have you reach out in Faith to receive it as your own.
We have HOPE and Hope has a name and His name is Jesus.
This Christmas day remember the Hope Christ has brought
Through His hope we experience