“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead…” 1 Peter 1:3
There is a stark difference between the way the world understands hope and the way God defines hope. In the world, hope is wishful thinking, uncertain, and people attempt to attain it through personal effort. People may say “I hope it doesn’t rain” or “I hope I get the job”. There is no certainty to this kind of hope.
Biblical hope is not based on what we do, it is based on the work that was accomplished through Jesus. You see Jesus did the work, he lived a perfect life, died on the cross to pay for your sins. He was buried. He then rose again from the dead defeating death.
The work of Jesus was motivated by his great mercy, and his sacrifice offers you salvation and a new birth. Biblical hope begins in confidence in the past work of Jesus. And it has a certainty of a future salvation.
Living hope can be experienced through faith in the work of Jesus. God has promised that those who believe in Jesus will be resurrected one day and spend eternity with Him. This living hope changes the way Christians walk through and face the trials of life. Believers have an unshakeable future promise that we can hold on to as we walk through the struggles and challenges of this life.
Father, thank you for granting me living hope through Jesus. Help me to hold on to that hope as I face the struggles and challenges of today. Amen.
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