Bitterness and Despair are two sides of the same coin. When we’re treated unfairly, it’s easy to get bitter. But if one could sum up the feelings bitterness arises from, I think it would be a sense of angry helplessness, of being victimized, and of hopeless frustration. In a word, despair.

But what’s at the root of despair? That everything is hopeless. There’s no sense, no justice, no hope… and in the end, all that awaits is death and futility. Everything runs down; for even the best people, death gets the final word.

And this world is so full of despair, sadness, and injustice.

That’s why the Resurrection matters. It tells us that death does NOT get the final word; that it is a defeated enemy, and that we may know that as Christ rose, so shall we. That in one instance, the physical didn’t stay dead, and the promise is that Jesus was just the first of many (we must never forget that “dying and going to heaven forever” is not what the Bible teaches. It is a temporary place until the redemption of our bodies). We ourselves will live again, and along with eternal life, will see all the wrongs righted, all the tears healed.

And this hope should spill into our daily lives. If we live as those who know death loses in the end, the bumps and bruises of daily life – though real enough – are viewed in a different light, because we expect a different outcome.

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