“Always [be] prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you.” (1 Peter 3:15)
Christians can be weird. We’ve always been like this. From the very beginning, people noticed that we are different.
We gathered money for the weak and poor. We adopted children who had been abandoned. We opened hospitals to care for the sick. We weren’t looking for personal wealth or great fame. People noticed that Christians looked out for the weakest people, and cared little about their own comfort.
What is the reason for our hope? Simply put, our hope is in Jesus. Jesus Christ, the Son of God, who was crucified, buried, and is now risen from the grave, has ascended and sits at the right hand of the Father. This is our hope. Now that Jesus Christ has conquered death, there is nothing to fear. What is stopping us from loving one another? Nothing. Death, our only real problem, has been overthrown.
Embrace the weirdness of not being afraid of death for the sake of Christ. Love one another as if there were no reason not to! We have nothing now but love. Defend it!
Almighty Father, You have raised Your Son Jesus Christ from the dead, and united us to His resurrection in Holy Baptism. Therefore, we pray that You would take from us the fear of death in such a measure that we would be filled with nothing but faith towards You and love for our neighbor, through Jesus Christ. Amen.