In God’s design, death precedes resurrection. Always. Without death there is no new life. We see this in nature: decay leads to growth. Without a seed falling to the ground, there is no new growth. Without struggle, there is no victory. Without suffering, there is no overcoming. The disciples were hopeless and dejected before they rejoiced. As the truth about the risen Jesus begins to sink in, despair becomes delight. Without death, there is no resurrection. It is God’s design. This gives us hope while we muddle through our imperfect lives, where we experience struggle, suffering and death. We do see glimpses of joy, beauty, and love. We can know that this is true.