“And the last enemy to be destroyed is death.” — 1 Corinthians 15:26
Our world is dying. Many of its citizens know that; others live under wild illusions. The existentialists of past ages, for all their hopelessness, at least got one thing right: If God isn’t real, life is pointless. You live and you die. And no one, in the long run, remembers you.
That’s the hopelessness that shapes many of our nations today. Cultures cut loose from spiritual absolutes are drifting aimlessly, pointlessly toward death and meaninglessness. The world’s citizens try to make the best of it, much like the band of the Titanic that kept playing even as the ship began to sink.
Those who do not know Christ invest their lives in pleasure, relationships, work, status, possessions, and a host of other things, none of which lasts. These pursuits give the illusion of meaning, and sometimes illusions are better than nothing. At least in the mind of those who hold them.
Christianity, however, offers a Kingdom without illusions. We have meaning, purpose, truth, and an ultimately worthwhile Person to point to. Our world clutches its deceptive trinkets–false philosophies and pursuits–because it’s afraid to own up to the sin that separated us from God. But owning up leads to immense blessing, and we’re the only ones who can point the way. The world needs the knowledge of the Resurrected Christ more than it knows.
That is why Jesus commissioned His disciples to go into the world and be witnesses. Witnesses of what? Of a once-dead Savior standing before them with holes in His hands and a promise in His mouth. That alone–that above every word this world has ever uttered–is the meaning of life.
You and I have a holy purpose. By accepting the risen Savior, you accept the risen Savior’s mission. Perhaps you did not know that at the time, but now you do. A desperate, blind world waits for truth. Be a witness of the Ressurection, which pulls us from this sinking ship into a relationship of life with our Ark of Deliverance. The world needs that knowledge. It needs that message. It is dying without it!