The Living Hope of Christmas

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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, 4 and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade–kept in heaven for you, 5 who through faith are shielded by God’s power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last times.” 

HOPE!!  As we go through life, hope carries us onward.  When things “get tough” and we don’t know what’s ahead we rely on hope.  When we were missionaries in Africa, there were many times that we would hope for something that was needed.  One time as we prepared to make our monthly delivery of supplies to the three Wesleyan health clinics and one hospital, there was a great need for some kind of pain medication.  As we were about to leave the phone rang (that in itself was a miracle).  It was the postmaster saying, “You have parcels here, come collect them.”  Taking the parcels with us we proceeded on our way.  At lunch time we stopped to eat the lunch that we carried with us and then we opened the parcels.  Among the items in these parcels were four large bottles of Aspirin.  What a blessing.  God knew our need and provided for that weeks ahead of our receiving them.

Hope is a wonderful thing for our lives; however there is a hope that pervades all our human hopes and that is the living hope Peter wrote about in our Scripture for today.  Peter tells us that as we accept Christ as our Savior we receive a new birth that leads to a living hope.  What is this living hope?  It is the hope that accompanies faith.  Faith leads us into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or decay, an inheritance that is kept in heaven for us who are shielded by God’s power.

Wow!  What a hope!  We as children of God are given this wonderful gift when we accept Christ as our Savior.  As we are thrust into the commercialism of our society at this season of the year, let us pray that God will truly shield us and lead us into that living hope that awaits us at the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last times, our eternal life thru God’s only Son, Jesus Christ.

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