Lately I have been rocked by a quote from Saint Peter in his letter to the early church. In the first chapter and third verse of his letter he makes this statement:
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His abundant mercy has begotten us again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. I Peter 1:3
Did you know you were born again to a living hope?
What in the world does that mean? Living hope?
I’m sure some of you have heard the expression, ” Keep hope alive”. Well this hope does not have to be kept alive, because it is alive, or more specifically he is alive.
We all are hoping for something; A better job, a better home, a wife, husband, kids, health , better politicians. Some are hoping for their next meal, whether their dad will ever come back, or to just see another day.
But there is something better to hope for something so much better.
Our hope is in Christ, in seeing him again, it is in the resurrection, it is in the new world.
I do not want to go in depth here. But the great Jewish hope, and later Christian hope was when the following would happen
9 For evildoers shall be cut off;
But those who wait on the LORD,
They shall inherit the earth.
10 For yet a little while and the wicked shall be no more;
Indeed, you will look carefully for his place,
But it shall be no more.
11 But the meek shall inherit the earth,
And shall delight themselves in the abundance of peace. (Psalms 37)
Jesus echoes this in Matthew 5 when he says
Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.
Has this happened yet I mean in its ultimate sense? This is not merely poetic language, but Jesus is speaking of a future event reserved for those who are looking for it, looking for him. It speaks of a time when the wicked shall be no more, and the meek and the righteous will inherit the earth. Who are the wicked? Well Paul tells us in Romans that we were all wicked. We all are sinners and were at one time enemies of God. The good news however is that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us, and has now declared that all who call upon Him to save them will be declared righteous. Peter here emphasizes a crucial point, in that now Christ’s resurrection has allowed us to be born again, so that we can receive the inheritance of the righteous. So as we connect the scriptures, we see than an event where the meek; the saints, shall receive new bodies and dwell on earth. What makes these saints meek? The fact that they do not depend on their own goodness, but on the kindness and mercy of their savior. Depending on one’s eschatology, the length and time will vary, but ultimately our hope is in Jesus the first born from the dead, who is the very person who allows us to be born again; to rise from the dead.
Now going back to the topic of hope, what are you placing your hope in? Are you placing your hope in temporal things, things subject to corruption and decay?
Our Great God is awesome in that he in his mercy and goodness will often grant our requests for a new job, for healing, for a husband, wife, a new day, child birth, our next meal, favor with men but our ultimate hope must always rest in Christ.
It is only then that we can truly bless the Lord our God as St. Peter did because we are fixed on Jesus.
So dear friend I encourage you to consider Jesus, and to place your hope in him, because he is our hope and he is alive.