COVID-19 is spreading fear around the world. Any sort of catastrophe makes people wonder, "Is this the end?" Paul reassures us human history won't end with a virus; it ends with a victory.
Formulating our faith is like playing Jenga. Some beliefs can safely be tapped, poked or removed for inspection; others cannot. Jesus' resurrection is the cornerstone of our faith. If we take it out, the whole tower falls!
A blacksmith forges steel by heating it and beating it. God also does this to forge us into mature Christians. He shows us tough love by letting us suffer for our own good.
Have you ever hooked up a light fixture or appliance in your home? This is what Jesus does when He saves us. He hardwires us into Himself by His Spirit.
Christians are often portrayed as burying our heads in the sand to avoid the facts. Despite this, we are more open to considering the facts than anyone! Paul bases our belief in Jesus' resurrection on cold, hard facts.