We should never give up on anyone. Three days after the crucifixion, most of the disciples had gone back to their private lives believing that Jesus was dead. Sometimes, like the disciples, we think that people and circumstances are too broken to fix. Saul was an example of a person so anti-Christian that Christians everywhere would have nothing to do with him. Yet the man who hated Christians met Christ on the Damascus Road, and his life changed forever! We know him now as Paul, the greatest missionary the world has ever known.
Because Christ is risen, we should not write off any experience as a waste. God will use anything that He allows to come into our lives for His glory and our good. However, Jesus never taught that God would insulate us from the problems of the world. In 1 Peter 4:16, we are told that problems will assail us in this world; but through our problems, God reveals His power, and we grow closer to Him. Paul confirmed this in 2 Corinthians 12:10 when he said, “That’s why I take pleasure in my weaknesses, and in the insults, hardships, persecutions, and troubles that I suffer for Christ. For when I am weak, then I
Because Christ is risen, we should never give up hope. Christ did what He said that He would do then and still does what He promised us today. Even when we face death, we know that God is with us because He said that He would never leave us nor forsake us. Furthermore, we know that God’s plan for our future is filled with hope (Jeremiah 29:11).
Because Christ is risen, we have reason to rejoice!