A LIVING HOPE
As I sit down to write this blog on Easter weekend, I am praying that all of you have been blessed to hear the message of Easter in your places of worship. I am so grateful to live in a country where we can worship freely. Aren’t you?
Thank you for taking the time to read this blog on your Easter weekend. I will keep it short, which won’t be easy given the many encouraging verses I could share about the power of the resurrection! As we return to our schools and students next week, my prayer is that those around us will see evidences of the resurrected Jesus—our living hope.
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! By his great mercy he gave us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. I Peter 1:3
In this short verse, Peter gives us such great reminders!
· Our new birth, our living hope, is a result of HIS GREAT MERCY. We are all so undeserving, but God’s love covers us!
· Our living hope is only through a resurrected Christ. In John 11:25-26 Jesus said to Martha, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live even if he dies, and the one who lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?”
Remembering that our living hope is based on God’s mercy toward us should change us from being prideful to humble, from being entitled to grateful, from being selfish to compassionate. Remembering that our hope is in Christ alone frees us from putting our hope in the temporal.
Not only does Peter remind us where our hope comes from, but he lets us know what it means to truly embrace the “living” hope that God desires.
You have not seen Him, but you love Him. You do not see Him now but you believe in Him, and so you rejoice with an indescribable and glorious joy, because you are attaining the goal of your faith—the salvation of your souls. 1 Peter 1:8-9
Peter knew that everyone he was writing to would not have the opportunity to walk with Jesus as he did. However, he knew the resurrection of Jesus gives us so much more—a living hope—a hope that reflects a…
· love for Christ,
· belief in Christ,
· and an indescribable joy!
May your heart be full this Easter as you reflect on the power of the resurrection!
May you be filled with a LIVING HOPE!