Alleluia! Christ is Risen! In Him we have living hope! God’s Word through Peter says: “In His great mercy He has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade.” 1 Peter 1:3-4
Two young brothers attended their first funeral. At the cemetery they watched fascinated as the coffin was lowered into the ground. One by one the relatives came by to throw a handful of dirt into the grave. The boys watched it all! When the funeral was over and they were riding home, the teaching/learning moment happened! One of the boys wondered, “Is that what happens when you die; they put you in a hole in the ground?” His dad, focused on driving, replied, “Well, that’s what we see, but…” Before he could finish his thought the other brother chimed in, “Yeah, that’s what happens. But don’t worry, Jesus is strong enough to get you out of that hole.” Dad had a great opportunity to share as they drove the rest of the way home.
You heard Peter! Words coming from the mouth of the denier, yet a new heir in Christ’s forgiveness with a new birth, a fresh start: “He has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus!” It’s a certainty that we will never perish. Our trust is in Jesus Christ, who has defeated the power of the grave through His death and resurrection. As Jesus has taken care of death, He will provide all things needful all along the way, especially now!
Let Peter’s words provide comfort! With death and challenge all around, if we feel fear and anxiety, especially in the death of a loved one, know today that sure and certain hope. As it will never perish, spoil or fade, neither will we. The risen Jesus will always get us out of the hole.
Keep trusting in Jesus, PC