Hope in Christ

“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His great mercy has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to obtain an inheritance which is imperishable and undefiled and will not fade away, reserved in heaven for you, who are protected by the power of God through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.”  (1 Peter 1:3-5)

In this passage, the apostle Peter is writing to encourage fellow Christ-followers to cling to Christ in the midst of their severe persecution in Rome.  He shares two truths to stabilize their faith.  May these words reinforce and steady your faith for whatever you are facing today.

1.  Our hope in life comes from trusting God, more than our circumstances.  Our hope and confidence come from having faith in the fact that God has saved (rescued) us through the death and resurrection of His Son.  “By His great mercy He has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.” (v.3

Peter was reminding them that God, in His mercy, had chosen them and given them new life, and no matter how terrible their circumstances, they could have hope beyond the moment by trusting God to give them victory.  He was saying “hold firm,” “don’t give up,” “keep trusting God more than your circumstances or your ability to fix things.”    

2.   Our hope is alive, vibrant and expressive because we know we have a guaranteed inheritance, and it’s awesome.  We have “living hope,” because Jesus defeated satan and sin on the cross and proved it by rising from the dead.  Because He lives, we live beyond cancer, persecution, murder, abuse, addictions, even death.  Peter was saying, “Look I spent time with Jesus after the cruicifixion. He came back from the dead.  (John 21).  He is alive and He is now in heaven preparing a place for you.” (John 14:3)  If God can resurrect the dead, He can certainly give you victory over whatever you are facing.

I don’t know what your earthly inheritance looks like, but whatever it is, it doesn’t come close to what God has in store for you. God promises all of His children an amazing inheritance, one that is imperishable (will never decay), undefiled (perfect and pure) and never fades away (dries up or runs out).  It’s reserved in heaven for you and it’s being protected by God Himself. When times are difficult and confusing, look to God and remember your amazing inheritance. 

Placing hope in anything other than Jesus Christ is hollow and dangerous. Steven Cole shared the following story:  “Many years ago a team of mountain climbers began the dangerous descent of one of the peaks in the Swiss Alps. The first man in the line lost his foothold and slipped over the ledge. The next two men were dragged after him, but the experienced climbers above braced themselves and stood firm to bear the shock. But when the rope ran its length, rather than bearing the weight, it snapped like a string. Horrified, the climbers saw their friends fall to their deaths on the glacier 4,000 feet below. For half an hour the other three stayed immobilized with fear. Finally, they nerved themselves to continue their perilous descent. Hours later they arrived in Zermatt to tell their sad story. When the climbers examined the rope to find out why it failed, they were shocked. True Alpine Club rope has a red strand running through it, but this rope did not. It was a weak substitute.” (Our Daily Bread, 6/82.)

Dear friend, if you are trusting in anything other than Jesus Christ, consider this a warning…. you have a faulty rope.  It will snap on you.  Faith in Christ and God’s power will hold you firm, now and throughout eternity.

Jeff Wilson

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