Isaiah 36,37; Psalm 76; 1 Peter 1
“…he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead…set your hope fully on the grace to be given you when Jesus Christ is revealed…Through him you believe in God, who raised him from the dead…so your faith and hope are in God.”
1 Peter 1:3, 13, 21
Hope is more than wishful thinking when it is combined with faith in Jesus Christ. The hope that Christ gives is based on his resurrection power and on his promise to give eternal life to all who follow him and receive his grace and forgiveness. The reality of Christ’s resurrection life at work in us through his Spirit means this is a living hope. While we commune with Jesus today through his Spirit, we also have hope for eternity because we know his love, forgiveness, power and presence in our lives today. The future full revelation of Jesus upon his second coming means our hope has a growing anticipation of Christ’s return. One day we will be united with Christ and our Father God who sent him.
Jesus, my living hope is in you. I pray for opportunities to share that hope with others today.