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The Hope of Easter 復活節的盼望

We just celebrated Easter Sunday a couple weeks back. Easter Sunday is the most important holiday in the Christian calendar. It is even more important than Christmas. The very reason Christians gather to worship on a Sunday is because of Easter Sunday—the day Jesus resurrected from the dead. Therefore, the resurrection of Jesus is the pillar on which Christianity stands and it is also the tangible reality of our hope.

1. 1 Corinthians 15:19 “If only for this life we have hope in Christ, we are of all people most to be pitied.” The real power of Jesus Christ is not so much about what He can do for us today, but about what He can do for us for eternity. It is the power of His resurrection. It is Him defeating sin and death once and for all. Therefore, our hope is not found in the comforts of today but through the resurrection of our bodies when He returns.

2. Daniel 12:2 “Many of those who sleep in the dusty ground will awake—some to everlasting life, and others to contempt and everlasting shame.” Everyone will be resurrected, both the believers and unbelievers. The believers will be resurrected with new glorified bodies to enjoy eternity with Jesus, while the unbelievers will be resurrected with eternal bodies that will suffer and be tormented in hell for the rest of eternity.

3. You must live with eternity in mind. All of us as Christians must always have eternity in our minds. It doesn’t make much sense to be a Christian if our hope is only found in this life. The whole point of Christianity is grounded in the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Therefore as Christians, we must always live with an eternal mindset.

幾週前我們剛慶祝了復活節。復活節主日是基督教最重要的節日,比聖誕節還重要。基督徒在週日聚集敬拜的原因是因為復活節星期日就是耶穌從死裡復活的那一天。因此,耶穌的復活是基督教的根本,也是我們盼望的實體。

1. 林前15:19「我們若靠基督只在今生有指望,就算比眾人更可憐。」耶穌基督的真正能力與其說是祂今天能為我們所做的,不如說是祂能為我們永恆所做的。就是祂復活的能力,是祂一勞永逸地戰勝罪惡和死亡。因此,我們的盼望不是在今世過舒適的生活,而是在祂再來時我們有一個復活的身體。

2. 但12:2「睡在塵埃中的,必有多人復醒。其中有得永生的,有受羞辱永遠被憎惡的。」不論是信徒或非信徒,每個人都要復活。信徒將在復活時有個榮耀的新身體,與耶穌在一起享受永恆;而非信徒也有復活的身體,但卻在地獄裡遭受永遠的痛苦與折磨。

3. 你要有永恆的思想觀念。作為基督徒,我們所有人心中都必須有永恆的思想觀念。如果我們的盼望只在今生,做基督徒就毫無意義。基督教的重心當建立在耶穌基督的復活。因此,作為基督徒,我們必須始終以永恆的心態生活。

Min. David Or 柯啟洋傳道~

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