Living Hope of the Resurrection
Where does your hope lie? Is the living hope of the resurrection of Jesus Christ a reality for you? The following is an excerpt from a past Family Bible Hour program with guest George Telfer.
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A Living Hope
In Peter’s first letter he says:
“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His abundant mercy has begotten us again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance incorruptible and undefiled and that does not fade away, reserved in heaven for you, who are kept by the power of God through faith for salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.”
The Link of the Living Hope
Bible scholar and teacher F.B. Meyer called this living hope “the link between our present and our future.”
We have already seen that as a sinner before God, we have no hope beyond the grave. Nothing ahead of us but certain judgment and the dwelling place of those who die without Christ as Saviour, which the Bible declares is the place called Hell and the Lake of Fire.
But in the redemptive work of Christ, God found a righteous basis upon which he can save ungodly sinners and still be just. Christ has paid the penalty of our sins. Full satisfaction has been made. The claims of justice have been met, and now God’s mercy can flow out to those who obey the Gospel message which tells us of the death burial and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ.
The Living Hope of Jesus’ Resurrection
This living hope is because of the resurrection. It is the resurrection of Jesus that indicates God’s complete satisfaction with His Son’s death in the place of those who were against God.
God responded to the death of the Lord Jesus Christ by raising him from the dead.
It is this living Saviour that brings us the living hope – the expectation of being taken home to heaven when we die, or after the Lord returns.
The Resurrection Brought Real Hope
Paul believed in Christ’s resurrection, and it brought real hope, so he was prepared to stand for the cause of Christ. Peter adds another word later in chapter 1 of his first letter, found in verse l3: “therefore gird your minds for action, keep sober (vigilant) in spirit, fix your hope completely on the grace to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ”. (NAS)
Remember, God makes a promise, faith believes it, hope anticipates it, patience quietly awaits it.
Do you have this living hope, or are you with those having no hope. “Hope sees the invisible, feels the intangible, and achieves the impossible.”
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