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A Living Hope

 In yesterday’s Resurrection Sunday message I talked about Jesus and fact that He is our living hope. Peter reminds us in 1 Peter 1:3–4, “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.” This eye witness to the life, crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus, wants us to know, not just in our minds, but deeply in our hearts, that Jesus is our living hope.

When we read John 20:1–31 we are given a glimpse of the reality of Peter’s comments. In Jesus’ day a circular stone closed tombs across the mouth of a cave. Matthew 27:66 tells us that the authorities sealed the tomb and guarded it. When Mary saw the stone rolled away, she was shocked and amazed. She ran to tell Peter and John. Peter was right there.

I’ve visited what most people believe was the tomb of Jesus. I peeked in and it was empty. He wasn’t there. I probably had the same reaction as Peter. Jesus is alive. He’s not dead. He’s indeed our living Savior and our living hope.

There is something about a testimony—Peter’s, or mine—that gives us courage. Jesus defeated death and we, and many others (1 Corinthians 15:3–8) have seen the evidence. The fact of so many witnesses gives us tremendous proof and that proof gives us courage to share the truth.

What other religion can claim that its leader is alive and a “living” hope? I’ll give you the answer—none.

What is a “living hope”? Warren Wiersbe wrote, “A ‘living hope’ is one that does not die because it’s rooted in the eternal.”[1] Jesus’ living hope isn’t fleeting; it’s eternal. The hopes of fame, fortune, human love and faithfulness, governments, institutions, man-made philosophies and religions are fleeting. They are based on material, psychological babble, illusion, greed and corruption.

Jesus hope, His living hope, is based on God’s promises. It’s rooted in God’s love and mercy. It is rock solid, witnessed by many and eternal. It’s not temporary, false, fading or a dying hope. Jesus gives us living hope, an eternal heavenly hope that overcomes death itself.

Are you ready to invest yourself in Jesus’ living hope? Are you ready to set aside whatever it is that is holding you in a fading, temporary hope? If you are, you need to ask Jesus to come and give you His hope.

[1] Warren Wiersbe, Jesus in the Present Tense: The I AM Statements of Christ, (Colorado Springs, David C. Cook, 2011), 107

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