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12/21/17

Our Great Hope

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

We are essentially and irreducibly hope-based creatures. We are constantly building our lives around our hopes. We have hopes for the day, for the week, for the year. Our hopes are related to our relationships, our work, our play, our income, our children. When we have hope, we have the probability of joy. Without hope, we can spiral into the fog of depression.

If we build our ultimate hope on circumstances that death and disease can take away, we are destined to despair. But there is a hope that we can have, that death can't take away—a living hope. God has secured for you and me a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus from the dead. This hope is guarded by God and protected for us. This hope is the new heavens and earth; it is a future existence without sin, death, or tear. It is a living hope because Jesus who died in our place has been resurrected, so that even if we die before Jesus returns, we, too, will be raised like Jesus. This is our great hope. We have a hope that isn't based in the circumstances in this life, that death can take away. We have a hope that is based in the death defying resurrection of Jesus.

As you look at your life, and as you pay attention to your heart, be honest and consider where your hopes are ultimately based. Are your hopes based in circumstances primarily? Or do you walk through your day knowing that your ultimate hope is secured and guarded by God. What kind of joy could you experience today, knowing that you have a hope that death can't take away?

Tim Porter

Lead Pastor for the Mission
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