Friday, May 16, 2008

Living Hope

3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! Because of his great mercy he has given us a new birth to an ever-living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead 4 and to an inheritance kept in heaven for you that can't be destroyed, corrupted, or changed. 5 Through faith you are being protected by God's power for a salvation that is ready to be revealed at the end of time. (1 Peter 1:3-5; ISV)

It is no secret that life is difficult. It doesn't matter who we are or what we have been though life doesn't take it easy on anybody. If we are going to keep persevering as we follow Jesus then we need to be able to see that there is a light at the end of the tunnel. In other words we need to know that our present suffering is worth enduring.

The light at the end of the tunnel, according to the apostle Peter, is living hope. Living hope is hope that is able to endure even death. All the hopes that we can think of, from having a family to getting a new car to going on our dream vacation, are destroyed at death. Life is soon discovered to be meaningless if death is the end.

Peter says we have a living hope because of the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. That is a claim that no other religion can make. Sure other religions offer eternal life, but only in Christianity do we have evidence that life exists after death because of Jesus' resurrection. Let me be clear about this, if Jesus did not rise from the dead, then we would have no hope. The hope for the Christ Follower is found in the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

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