monday, december 18 | Jesus is a Living Hope

1 Peter 1:3 (ESV) (3) Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,

I know. I know. It’s Christmas time, not Easter. So why are we talking about the resurrection of Jesus? Great question. The answer is that hope in the Bible is connected to the saving work of Jesus. Folks, a living hope requires a living Savior. Don’t rush past this truth; let it sink into your heart and mind. The birth of Jesus was a beginning that culminated in the resurrection of Jesus. Christmas shined like a star in the night. The resurrection of Jesus burned like the noonday sun.

God promised back in Genesis (See Genesis 3:15) that He would send a Savior to redeem humanity from their sin. God promised hundreds of years after Genesis that the Messiah would be born.

Isaiah 7:14 says, Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign. Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.

Then when the angel appeared to Joseph he said, she will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins (Matthew 1:21).

The birth of Jesus was a beginning, not an end. The manger held the life of the One who gives life. To experience living hope, each one of us must first acknowledge we are spiritually dead, then yield our life to Jesus. In response to our faith, Jesus saves us into a living hope. Please note this is a living hope, it doesn’t end at salvation. The living hope that saves is the same living hope that continues to give life.

Before we move on, perhaps we need to have a clear grasp of what biblical hope is. Biblical hope is the sure and confident expectation of receiving what God has promised in the Bible regarding the future. Peter tells us in this verse that our future hope is living and secure because Jesus has risen from the dead and is alive.

Take a moment and praise God that the birth of Christ led to His death and resurrection which is the source of your hope.