But Christ has indeed been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep. (1 Cor. 15:20)

THE RESURRECTION IS NOT AN EVENT. It is not something that happened over two thousand years ago. The resurrection is the person of Jesus Christ. Jesus made this astounding proclamation just outside the burial site of Lazarus. He proved it once more when death couldn’t keep Him in the grave. In both cases, doubt had already set in. Mary and Martha believed it was too late for their brother Lazarus. The disciples were in retreat and disbelief as they saw their Savior die a criminal’s death. But Jesus showed that He holds the power of life and death in His hands. And resurrection brings hope to any dying situation.

We give ourselves to a lot of things. We make commitment after commitment in hopes of finding fulfillment, purpose, and peace. However, when it is all said and done, in the end those things will have no value in eternity. Jesus said, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies” (John 11:25). Life has a way of throwing us a curve. We feel the bottom falling out from beneath us through some tragedy, accident, or act of natural causes. And just like Mary, Martha, and the disciples, we are left in despair. However, with the hope of the resurrected Jesus, we can have confidence to press on. Paul would proclaim that “all who belong to Christ” would be raised. Things of this world may add some sort of synthetic joy, but only Christ can offer an eternal peace.

Determine a specific way today that you can commit to something that lasts forever.

Scott Simmons is the author of iFollow: Connecting Belief and Behavior to Who You Are in Christ (WPH) and the youth ministry movement director for The Wesleyan Church.