Our Resurrection Hope
“We have always held to the hope, the belief, the conviction that there is a better life, a better world beyond the horizon.”
– Franklin D. Rooseveld
1 Peter 1:3 – 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
Because Jesus is alive – Hope is alive
Neil Strait – “Take from a man his wealth and you hinder him. Take from him his purpose and you slow him down. But take from man his hope and you stop him.”
Definition of Hope: A confident expectation and desire from a particular thing to happen for the good
True story of the S4 Submarine was rammed by another ship, it sunk quickly. Divers rushed to the scene. A diver recalls a Morse code being tapped loud – Is…there…any…Hope.
Can I assure you today, there is hope.
Whatever your situation.
Not because I say so but God said so, because of the resurrection of Jesus.
We have hope for this life and the life to come.
Living or dying – “The best is yet to come.”
We are encouraged and can have hope from.
1 Corinthians 15:1-28 (NIV)
The message of the resurrection (our sin problem has been handled)
1 Corinthians 15:1-4 (NIV) – Now brothers I want to remind you of the gospel I preached to you, which you received and on which you have taken your stand. 2By this gospel you are saved, if you hold firmly to the word, I preached to you. Otherwise, you have believed in vain. 3For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures, 4that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the scriptures.
The very fact that we talk about the resurrection of Jesus
Implies that He must have died.
In-turn: Death reminds us of the serious consequences of sin
Why did Jesus have to die for our sins?
Because sin brings death.
Romans 6:23 – “For the wages of sin is death”
Romans 3:23 – “All have sinned and fallen short of the Glory of God.”
What awesome hope for all of humanity.
John 3:16 – “God loved the world in this way: He gave up His one and only son so that anyone who believes in Him will not die in their sins and face a terrible judgment but will have a life of freedom and victory that goes on forever even after our physical death.”
God has made it possible for us to live a hope filled life.
The source of all hope is the Love of God.
2 Thessalonians 2:16-17 – “Now may our Lord Jesus Christ Himself and God our Father who has loved us and given us eternal comfort and good hope by grace, comfort and strengthen your hearts in every good work and word.”
We have received this hope by God’s grace.
John says it this way:
1 John 3:1-3 (NIV) – Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us that we should be called children of God! Therefore the world does not know us because it did not know Him. 2Beloved now we are children of God and it has not yet been revealed what we shall be, but we know that when He is revealed we shall be like Him for we shall be like Him for we shall see Him as He is. 3And everyone who has this hope in Him purifies himself just as He is pure.
When we have received this resurrection hope by grace
We have a hope filled life to live
Our response as believers to God’s great salvation
1 Peter 1:13 – Therefore prepare your minds for action, be self-controlled set your hope fully on the grace to be given you when Jesus is revealed
How has this resurrection hope touched your life
Let’s be honest: Hopeless people are weak, they don’t have any real motivation
When things get tough, they give up
But people who have this kind of eternal hope who I’m talking about have:
Strength and courage
In hardships and trouble they persevere and endure
They hold fast
Because their hope is in the Risen Christ
May you live the resurrection Hope life boldly. Amen