Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.
1 Corinthians 15:58
1 Corinthians 15:50-57
Three years of growing faith and hope among His followers were dashed on the shoals of despair when Jesus was apprehended and killed. Typical of the despair felt by those in Jerusalem were two despondent followers of Christ who left Jerusalem to walk to the village of Emmaus. On the way, they encountered a stranger who seemed to know nothing of the past days’ events in Jerusalem. Yet he rebuked them for their despondency, for not recognizing the meaning of the death of the Nazarene. And then He revealed to them that He was the Christ, raised from the dead. “So [the two] rose up that very hour and returned to Jerusalem . . . and they told about the things that had happened on the road” (Luke 24:33, 35).
When the two disciples saw that Jesus had been given new life, they received new life as well. Such is the power of the Resurrection; such is the meaning of Easter!
If you grow despondent in the face of life’s circumstances, remember the Resurrection—proof that God’s power is sufficient to resurrect your faith.
Christianity is not merely a program of conduct; it is the power of a new life.
Benjamin B. Warfield
1 Kings 6–9