I have not placed my hopes in fairy tales or wishful thinking but upon a promise made to me by Someone who has proven to keep all of His promises. The resurrection of Jesus Christ which was first proclaimed by women, which no man who wanted to make up a story in that time period would have admitted to and then witnessed by crowds, written of by men who all died torturous deaths, proclaiming it till the end and never denied it though they died separately from all the others, these men who were afraid and shattered at His death made sudden turnarounds in courage and boldness as though they had seen something which gave them such confidence in life beyond the earth, that they feared nothing. A resurrection that both the Romans and Jews could not bring evidence against though they searched and searched. The resurrection of Jesus Christ is a promise that because He was resurrected, I will be too. God has never broken a promise and I believe Him.
John 20:26″ And after eight days again the disciples were inside, and Thomas with them, Jesus came, the doors having been shut(they were hiding), and stood in their midst, and said, “Peace be with you.” Then He said to Thomas, “Reach here your finger, and see My hands; and reach here you hand, and put it into My side; and be not unbelieving, but believing.” 28 Thomas answered and said to Him, “My Lord and my God!” 29 Jesus said to him, ” Because you have seen Me, have you believed? Blessed are they who did not see, and yet believed”
1Thessalonians 4:13 “But we do not want you to be uninformed, brethren, about those who are asleep(have died), that you may not grieve, as do the rest who have no hope. 14 For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so God will bring with Him those who have fallen asleep(died) in Jesus (believers). 15 For this we say to you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive, and remain until the coming of the Lord, shall not precede those who have fallen asleep(died). 16 For the Lord Himself (Jesus) will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet of God; and the dead in Christ shall rise first. 17 Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and then we shall always be with the Lord.”
1 Corinthians 15:51 ” Behold, I tell you a mystery; we shall not all sleep(die) but we shall all be changed, 52 in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet; for the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we shall be changed. 53 For this perishable must put on the imperishable, and this mortal must put on immortality. 54 But when this perishable will have put on the imperishable, and this mortal will have put on immortality, then will come about the saying that is written, “Death Is Swallowed Up in victory. 55 “O Death, Where Is Your Victory? O Death, Where Is Your Sting?”
Philippians 3:20 “for our citizenship is in heaven, from which also we eagerly wait for a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ; 21 who will transform the body of our humble state into conformity with the body of His glory, by the exertion of the power that He has even to subject all things to Himself.”
Romans 10: 11 “For the Scripture says, ” Whoever Believes in Him Will Not Be Disappointed”