God doesn’t want our lives to be filled with worry. Neither does he want us to wonder what our relationship is with him or if we qualify to live eternally with him. That is why, as we have been seeing all week, he gave us wonderful hope. Hope which is sure. Hope grounded in his very presence. Hope which can be the anchor for our soul.
This week we have seen Scripture describe this hope as sure, steadfast, as an anchor.
But did you know that this hope is also living?
“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead”1 Peter 1:3
As Peter points out, this hope is tied to Jesus’ resurrection. Although his resurrection is one of the most stupendous events in history, most people don’t see its full significance. If people assign any importance to it, they usually limit its impact to Jesus’ conquest of death. Because Jesus was raised from the dead, we too will be resurrected.
That’s an awesome truth but it’s not the only one confirmed by Jesus’ resurrection. It also is God’s guarantee that Jesus completely paid our debt of sin. Think about it. Jesus’ main message was that he came to save the world. He said he would do this, not by showing or teaching us what we had to do to be saved, but by doing everything for us. If this weren’t true, God would never have raised him from the dead! There’s no way God would have given him any glory.
By raising him gloriously from the dead, God put his stamp of approval on Jesus. Some have called Jesus’ resurrection God’s loud Amen to Jesus’ message that he had saved us by taking our place.
Seeing this can have tremendous impact on us. It makes hope living and vibrant.
What does this mean for you?
Why did Jesus come to Earth?
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