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Our Living Hope—Today’s post
We prepare for everything. We prepare dinner, we prepare for vacation, we prepare to go to the doctor, to teach Sunday school, for work, or to run a race. Did you know that most people spend four to eight years of their lives studying for a vocation? While we spend the majority of our time planning for something, there are those who won’t spend five minutes to prepare themselves to meet God. They decide, whether they are conscience of it or not, to just chance the here after without realizing that this life is merely a dressing room for eternity, and yet they do nothing to get ready. I often wonder what their hope is in?
As Christian’s we have hope. Faith in Christ is our living hope. God in His boundless mercies allows us to have everlasting life through Christ. Since Christ died and rose again, we, too, have this wonderful expectation.
When anyone comes to Christ and puts their faith in Him, he or she is born anew. This is our story, our hope. Peter tells us in the Word of God “we have been born again, not of corruptible seed but incorruptible, through the word of God which lives and abides forever” (l Peter 1:23). We have a living hope because this new birth doesn’t come from earthly parents. It comes from an eternal living God. Hope is confidence in God’s gift of grace, and it is secured by the resurrection of Jesus Christ.
This wonderful hope is confirmed again in the book of Revelation, “Do not be afraid, I am the First and the Last. I am the Living One, I was dead and behold I am alive forever and ever! And I hold the keys to death and Hades.” (1:17-18). We don’t have to fear death, because when we turn from our sin and turn to Jesus in faith we are turning to the one who holds the keys to life and death. We have a living hope that rest in the fact that Jesus died and is now alive, and if He lives then so will we!