Now if Christ is proclaimed as raised from the dead, how can some of you say that there is no resurrection of the dead? But if there is no resurrection of the dead, then not even Christ has been raised. And if Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is in vain and your faith is in vain. We are even found to be misrepresenting God, because we testified about God that he raised Christ, whom he did not raise if it is true that the dead are not raised. For if the dead are not raised, not even Christ has been raised. And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile and you are still in your sins. Then those also who have fallen asleep in Christ have perished. If in Christ we have hope in this life only, we are of all people most to be pitied.
—1 Corinthians 15:12-19
by: Paula Davis.
One of the greatest confidences we have as Christians is resurrection from the dead. With this confidence, we have hope that earthly death is not final but is a path to even greater and everlasting life with our Savior. While this does not take away the sadness associated with the earthly death of someone we love, it does provide a deep peace that helps us go on without them. This confidence and peace can be a great way to share our hope in Christ. When people notice that our grief is different from theirs and want to know why and how they can experience it too, we can share the reason for our hope.'