Romans 5:1-11, 6:1-14; 1 Corinthians 15
Life is rough, and seems particularly so nowadays. It would be reasonable to throw in the towel, say “I give up,” and resign ourselves to futility and eventual death, embracing the proverb, “Eat, drink, for tomorrow we die.” And, yet Jesus came proclaiming a Gospel of hope and life, both now and eternal, through his life, death, resurrection and ascension into power. His ascension was with a promise to return, and to send his Spirit, providing a taste, a down payment, on the life and hope that Jesus will bring when he returns. This is the Spirit that dwells in those who follow Jesus, bringing life through death and hope through hardship.