A.W. Tozer on "Easter life"
The resurrection of Christ is a once-done act. “For we know that since Christ was raised from the dead, he cannot die again; death no longer has mastery over him.” But Christians die. No matter how we may try to avoid the facts, Christians die as their Lord died before them. It is winter when we lay our loved ones down. So it seems to the natural heart. So it must have appeared to some of the Thessalonian Christians. Why otherwise would if have been necessary for Paul to write and exhort them not to sorrow as others who had no hope?
One thing the resurrection teaches us is that we must not trust appearances. The leafless tree says by its appearance that there will be no second spring. The body in Joseph’s new tomb appears to signify the end of everything for Christ and His disciples. The limp form of a newly-dead believer suggests everlasting defeat. Yet how wrong are all these appearances. The tree will bloom again. Christ arose the third day according to the Scriptures, and the Christian will rise at the shout of the Lord and the voice of the archangel.
Faith can afford to accept the appearance of defeat, knowing the true believer cannot be defeated finally. “Because I live, you also will live.” That’ is the message of Easter. What a blessing for the whole world if people would only believe it. (adapted) +Bill