December 2, 2014
“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.” 1 Peter 1:3 New American Standard
The resurrection of Christ changed everything. Your hope is not founded on something far away. It is a “living hope” grounded .. anchored .. and revealed when Christ was raised from the dead. Hope without the resurrection of Christ is brittle .. fading .. and unreliable. It won’t support you when your world crumbles or tries to suffocate you. It can’t withstand the pressures of everyday living. Hope without Christ is never generous, but always comes with a price. God’s extravagance was not announced to kings and rulers but to shepherds: “..for behold, I bring you good news of great joy which will be for all the people”. This is the Lord’s daily announcement over your life: good news of great joy. His truth supports you .. fills you .. and leads you today. You’ve been given this “living hope” through Christ. You don’t have to earn it .. work for it .. fear losing it .. or hide it. Your faith is God’s gift to your life. He holds you together. Your hope is not something you have to create, but the generous gift of facing today knowing that Christ’s risen life is the true reality that shapes your life. A tea-serving WWI chaplain described life through Jesus Christ as “freedom from everything unlike him”. You’ll find “living hope” as one of the main ingredients. It only takes a moment .. and He won’t let go ..
“He was chosen before the creation of the world, but was revealed in these last times for your sake. Through him you believe in God, who raised him from the dead and glorified him, and so your faith and hope are in God.” 1 Peter 1:20-21 JB Phillips
Ken Chester: Grace-Gripped is sent M-F to Hope-raised followers of Christ. (Kchesterp1@gmail.com)