As we begin a new Sunday message series at Celebration Community Church I will be sharing with you in these blogs from time to time a daily devotional from NewSpring Church entitled “Hope Is”…
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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 time. 1 Peter 1:3-5 (NIV)
Imagine a child getting lost in the mall while Christmas shopping. Even if her parents had to search for hours and hours, would they give up on trying to find her?
Like a child separated from her parents, our sin separates us from God. Romans 3:23 says we have "all sinned and fall short of the glory of God." That sounds utterly hopeless, but like a parent who won't give up, God found a way to repair our relationship with Him.
God loved us so much that He sent His Son, Jesus, to make a way for us to have a relationship with Him. We could never pay the debt our sin created. When Jesus died on the cross, He took our punishment for us. When Jesus rose from the dead, He proved that He was more powerful than all of the sin, death, and evil in this world. When we ask Jesus into our lives, we are reunited with our Father in heaven, and we receive the power to overcome, just like Jesus did.
Jesus is the object and source of our hope. This is why Christmas is so important. Without Jesus’ birth, death, and resurrection, our sins would not be forgiven. We would still be apart from God, like a child lost in the hustle of the Christmas shopping season.
Hope begins with being reunited with God, and once we are, Jesus begins to bring hope to all areas of our life. There is no situation in your life right now that is too bad for the “living hope” promised to us in 1 Peter 1:3. Christmas is all about hope, and that hope would not be possible without Jesus.
Jesus, thank you for paying a debt I could never pay. You are the reason I can have hope in all circumstances. Help me to remember that the same power that lives in You lives in me. You overcame the worst the world has to offer, and with You, I can do the same.
What’s one area of your life where you could use some hope right now? Ask God to help you have hope in all areas of your life.
I have hope and my hope has a name….Jesus!