Our text begins quite symbolically with the dawn of a new day. This first day of the week would come to be known as the “Lord’s Day” where Christians would gather in the name of Jesus for the next two thousand years and counting (John 20:1; Acts 20:7; I Corinthians 16:2; Revelation 1:10). This new day of worship is significant in at least two ways. First, death has always been an enemy to humanity. Second, there is incredible hope for the believer, not only for eternity, but also in this life now. It does not matter what trials or sufferings you face. What matters is that you know Jesus will bring you through them and you will be stronger on the other side. This is our hope in this life, as well as in eternity.