“Hope” - March 31, 2021
“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade.” 1 Peter 1:3-4 (NIV)
In just two days we plan to mark Good Friday, in four days Easter Sunday. One day focusses on a cross; the other on an empty tomb. Both days give us reason for hope.
The cross brings hope as we recall how the Son of God sacrificed himself for the rescue and salvation of the world. The cross brings hope for healing just as Isaiah the prophet anticipated it in his description of the suffering servant’s work: “He took up our pain and bore our suffering ...and by his wounds we are healed.” (Isaiah 53:4,5)
The empty tomb gives hope by placing an exclamation mark beside every redemptive action ever taken by God in Jesus Christ, in his life and his death. Peter sees the empty tomb and resurrection as a reason for praise that flows out of a divine mercy that we can only begin to understand. Easter Sunday and Christ’s rising not only undoes the damage of death but creates a new life, one that we may enjoy now already in living hope.
And nothing, says Peter, can dim that hope!
Thanks to the person who earlier this week sent me the following link, a fitting response to Peter’s encouragement. “Christ Our Hope in Life and Death” offered Keith & Kristyn Getty and Matt Papa ... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OibIi1rz7mw