There's a lot of depressing news circulating around right now.  I'm not here to tell you that the situation in the world is good, nor will I attempt to diminish the true hardships that many people all over the world are enduring.  However, it is times like these when it is vitally important that we, as believers in Jesus, remind ourselves of what we have to look forward to.  I myself have been reminded of these things in recent weeks, so I thought I would share them here.  So here goes.

This is the main thing: Jesus rose from the dead, and that means that we will too.  This month, we celebrated possibly the weirdest Easter that I have experienced in my life.  I'm a member of my church's worship team, so on Easter Sunday, I was on stage with the band, singing songs about the resurrection to an empty sanctuary.  But it occurred to me that, just because there was no one physically in the audience to sing along, the words of the songs were no less true than if the church had been packed.

As Paul writes in 1Corinthians 15, "Death is swallowed up in victory."  No amount of terrible news or suffering is capable of erasing Christ's work on the cross or negating His defeat of death at the resurrection.  But what does that mean for us, now?  It means that our hope is not tied to our health, our economic status, our relationships or anything else besides the Creator of the Universe.  With that in mind, the situation starts to look pretty good.

I also love Paul's statement in Romans 8:18 that "the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us."  I was video chatting with a friend last week, and we started talking about heaven, and how awesome it's going to be.  Think about it: an eternity of health, peace, and joy in the physical presence of God.  It's hard to even wrap our brains around that concept.

I highly encourage you to spend a little time this week ignoring the news and thinking about what we, as believers in Christ, are being prepared for.  And if you haven't believed in Jesus yet, it's not too late to become a partaker of the eternal life that He offers.