We celebrated the resurrection of Jesus Christ on Sunday by taking a look at our hope in heaven. Many Christians live this life with only half a hope. They picture heaven as resting on clouds or taking part in an everlasting worship service. However, the Bible’s picture of life after death is much more concrete than that.

The Bible pictures a life after “life after death.” God will create a new heavens and a new earth. God will dwell with us in the midst of this new creation. There will be no more sin, brokenness, decay, hopelessness, or limitations. In 1 Corinthians 15:50-53, Paul describes our mortal bodies “putting on immortality.” So the new creation will be a “greater than” not a “less than” our current experience.

We can look forward to this and not lose heart in this life because Jesus has been raised from the dead. Jesus is the guarantee and the doorway into this everlasting life. Because of the resurrection, we have faith and hope in this life that his love for us will last forever.

Read 1 Peter 1:3-5

What stood out to you from the sermon on Sunday?

Where have you encountered hopelessness in this past year?

How does the resurrection of Jesus combat hopelessness in your heart?

What is something concrete you are looking forward to in the new creation?

Pray for each other to not lose heart, but hope in Jesus’ resurrection.