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[Jesus] is the promise of salvation, both in his death and in his resurrection. It’s by his death we get to avoid hell, but it’s in his resurrection that we will one day see a glorious redemption from the pains of this world to the wonders of the next. The New Testament calls Christ’s resurrection the firstfruits of more to come. This means that Christ’s resurrection is a promise of our future resurrection. One day, you and I will get to slip out of these physical bodies, but God has promised, through the resurrection of the real person of Jesus Christ, to raise us up, and to fulfill our hopes for a new world where there’s no pain or trouble or grieving or mourning or addictions or abuse or adultery or global warming or carsickness or morning breath. Amen? Isn’t that a hope worth exulting over? Isn’t that a promise worth desperately clinging to in the face of all life may bring us?
Christ’s life is a promise to you–and me–of new life. Christ’s death is a promise to us that death is not in vain. Christ’s resurrection is a promise to us that we will rise up out of the grave one day, and the kingdom we live in spiritually now will one day drown out the kingdoms of this world for all eternity.
Jared C. Wilson, Your Jesus is Too Safe (34-35)