The Encouragement of the Resurrection

“Now we live with a wonderful expectation because Jesus Christ rose again from the dead.” (1 Peter 1:3) [NLT]

Because of Christ’s resurrection you can be encouraged knowing God has given you …

• … eternal life!

“But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love that He had for us, made us alive with the Messiah even though we were dead in trespasses. You are saved by grace!” (Ephesians 2:4-5) [HCSB]

• … purpose for your life!

“God has made us what we are. In Christ, God made us to do good works, which he planned in advance for us to live our lives doing.” (Ephesians 2:10) [NCV]

“I have good plans for you, not plans to hurt you. I will give you hope and a good future.” (Jeremiah 29:11) [NCV]

• … power for living!

“I can do everything God asks me to with the help of Christ who gives me the strength and power.” (Philippians 4:13) [LB]

“God will strengthen you with his own great power so that you will not give up when troubles come.” (Colossians 1:11) [NCV]

“God never grows faint or weary. He gives power to those who are tired and worn out; those who wait on the Lord will find new strength. They will fly high on wings like eagles!” (Isaiah 40:28-30) [NLT]

“Some people have missed the most important thing in life — they don’t know God!” (1 Timothy 6:21) [LB]

How Should I Respond?

“Give yourselves completely to God…to be used for his good purposes.” (Romans 6:13) [LB]

“…We can come before God’s throne (in prayer) where we can receive mercy and grace… to help us when we need it.” (Hebrews 4:16) [NCV]