This post is the last in a series of studies about “Hope”. I strongly suggest you begin with the introduction to this study, please click here to read it.
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Hope – Day 31
Those early disciples on the Emmaus road were given a new birth into a living hope when they realised that the story was true. And that same hope is available to us today; but it need not be just a hope for the future. It can be a fact today.
1 Peter 1:3
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,
This seems a good verse to end this study, and to follow yesterday’s reading. Those early disciples on the Emmaus road were given a new birth into a living hope when they realised that the story was true. And that same hope is available to us today. But it need not be just a hope for the future. It can be a true fact today if we realise that Jesus was and still is the Messiah. The Son of the most high God. The One who gave His life so that we could be free of guilt and shame and have a relationship with our Heavenly Father! Hallelujah!
Peter doesn’t stop there with his encouragement. The next verse continues telling us of an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade. How different to some of the things that we can inherit in our earthly families; buildings, furniture and furnishings, artwork, jewellery. All those things perish over time. But our homes in Heaven will never perish, spoil or fade (1 Peter 1:4).
Peter continues, recognising that life is not always easy on the earth. But he encourages each one of us to stay in a position of trust and hope while allowing the trials we go through to purify and refine us. Therefore, with minds that are alert and fully sober, set your hope on the grace to be brought to you when Jesus Christ is revealed at His coming (1 Peter 1:13).
Pray today for those among your contacts who do not understand who Jesus was and all He did for us.
Read 1 Peter 1 and be blessed by the living hope described there.
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