A living hope

Last updated on December 24, 2021

What does the Bible teach about hope?

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” (1 Peter 1:3)

A common saying goes: ‘While there’s life, there’s hope’. This saying gains a whole new meaning in Jesus Christ. The apostle Peter says believers are “born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead” (1 Peter 1:3). The apostle Paul says the same: “If in Christ we have hope in this life only, we are of all people most to be pitied. But in fact, Christ has been raised from the dead…” (1 Corinthians 15:19-20).

Jesus paid the price for humanity’s sin. By dying in our place, He conquered “the one who has the power of death, that is, the devil” (Hebrews 2:14). His resurrection proved that death has lost its sting. Christians don’t need to fear death anymore, since they have received eternal life. They have a living hope, even when dying. That makes all the difference.

After all, physical death is unavoidable for us humans, so if we have promises for this earthly life only, this would be a very meager hope in the end. But the Bible is all about life after death and about “an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you, who by God’s power are being guarded through faith” (1 Peter 1:4-5).

Do you have this living hope?

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