When I was in 8th grade, my Dad, Jack was killed instantly in a highway accident. While I have many memories of my Dad, the one that stood out the most in my impressionable mind was his true conversion to following Jesus as not only as his Savior but also as Lord of his life when I was about 10 or 11.
While not perfect, his life dramatically changed once he met Jesus, and because of that, it gave me, his son, a legacy of faith lived out in his life. When Jack died at 33 leaving 5 kids and a widow, we were devastated. I couldn’t believe it happened. I would have reoccurring dreams of Dad walking up our sidewalk to the house, only to wake up to an empty room in darkness.
Yes, I would like to see my dad again. I’d like to see the joy on Jack’s face when he played baseball with me. I’d like to see him whole again.
Because of Jesus, I believe I will. I believe Jesus rose from the dead so that my Dad will too. The resurrection of Jesus assures me God has, conquered death. He physically walked out of the tomb with his for-real body.
It’s because of Jesus’ victory over death that we have hope in the life everlasting. But if there’s no resurrection, there’s no hope, and Christian belief is just plain lame. Sound a little harsh? Well, check out something the Apostle Paul said: “And if Christ wasn’t raised to life, our message is worthless, and so is your faith. If the dead won’t be raised to life, we have told lies about God by saying that he raised Christ to life when he really did not” (1 Corinthians 15:14-15).
So, belief in the resurrection of Jesus is huge. Because of it, I will see my Dad, Jack. He will be walking. He will be whole. He will not have a broken neck or a messed-up body from the accident. No, I don’t know exactly what his resurrected body will look like—or mine. But I do know our resurrected bodies won’t grow old and will never die. In the Bible, this is clearly taught.
I believe in the resurrection and the life everlasting because it’s a very important fact of my faith. But it’s also way more than just a fact. I believe in the resurrection and the life everlasting because I’m looking forward to meeting Jesus and spending an eternity talking to him, learning from him, and just being with him.
I believe in the resurrection and the life everlasting because I’ll also get to spend a whole lot of time (eternity) with my Christian friends and family members who have died. I believe in the resurrection and the life everlasting because in heaven there will be no backstabbing, no gossip, and no cliques. There will be no more sin—the very thing that brought death into the world in the first place (see Romans 5:12-14).
I believe in the resurrection and life everlasting because I will live in a heavenly world full of real, honest love and compassion. And I believe in the resurrection and life everlasting because I will be able to see my Dad Jack, his infectious smile, and thank him for giving me an example to follow Jesus as he did. Because of the resurrection, I will see him again.