A Living Hope
1 Peter 1:3
“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to his great mercy begat us again unto a living hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead” (1Pet. 1:3 ASV)
If these are days of difficulty for you … and if you are facing great trials and perhaps suffering for your faith … I’ve got some wonderful news for you! YES .. THERE IS HOPE!
Many people are losing hope today because our society is trying to rid America of God by outlawing anything and everything that has to do with our Heavenly Father and Christianity. Despair settles in about us and those who have lost hope are seeking to escape from this hopelessness through drugs, eastern religions or even suicide. Despair is the sense that things won’t change for the better and nothing that I do will make any difference. The great tragedy of despair or hopelessness is that we lose our joy. Without hope, we have no foundation to stand on when we face difficult trials such as a betrayal, the loss of a job, or the death of a loved one. When we have no hope we lose the meaning of life and nothing has any purpose.
We need to remember that a faith that is tested and proven is one that is strong in hope. It is difficult to know the reality and genuineness of your faith and commitment to Christ unless it is tested. Suffering is the crucible of testing. As you continue to look to Christ in suffering — honoring him and not denying him, you persevere. As you persevere, your character — i.e. your true nature — is proven. Out of this experience of God’s grace that sustains you in suffering and causes you to persevere, your hope is made alive. Paul wrote, “And not only so, but we also rejoice in our tribulations: knowing that tribulation worketh steadfastness; and steadfastness, approvedness; and approvedness, hope: and hope putteth not to shame; because the love of God hath been shed abroad in our hearts through the Holy Spirit which was given unto us” (Ro 5:3-5 ASV).
For Christians, hope is a future certainty grounded in a present reality. The present reality is the faithfulness of God. God’s faithfulness is marked out by major landmarks (promises he has kept) in his involvement with his people, an involvement he won’t renounce on behalf of a people he won’t abandon. One such landmark is Israel’s release from bondage in Egypt and its deliverance at the Red Sea. Another landmark is Joshua’s leading the same people into the long-promised land. The landmark that towers over others, however, is the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. Here all the promises of God find their fulfillment. Here the fulfillment of God’s promises to Israel and to Israel’s greater Son overflows into all of mankind willing to acknowledge the presence and power and purpose of God in Jesus of Nazareth. God’s raising His Son from the dead is the decisive moment of this provision of a living hope spoken of by Peter in our text and is therefore the landmark of God’s faithfulness.
The Resurrection of our Lord is a documented fact in history, an unmovable rock, and everyone who hopes in it has great hope and joy because this resurrected Christ has promised never to leave us (Heb. 13:5).
"Hope shines brightest when the hour is darkest." - John Maxwell
“Daily Devotions by Guy Roberson”
From Expository Files 23.11; November 2016