By bridcf, Jun 22 2020 10:10AM
Most of us are now fed up of being under lockdown and so we need to have a focus of hope to get us through it. For some this has been being able to see friends and family or visit a garden centre. For others it is looking forward to enjoying a meal in a café or restaurant, visiting museums and places of interest when they re-open or going away on holiday. These are hopes that are well worth seeing fulfilled.
It is wonderful when our hopes are fulfilled and this is what the Christian life is all about – having a hope in an inheritance in heaven that Jesus has won for us and promises us is ours in Him. The Bible says:
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, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade. This inheritance is kept in heaven for you, 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)
Here is God’s wonderful hope that Jesus guarantees for us. We don’t have to worry about when it might be fulfilled or if it might happen because Jesus has made sure that it will. It is a sure and certain hope and it is a living hope because it is alive in Jesus. This is something we can hold on to in all of life’s struggles.
But Peter also points out that not only is Jesus giving us that living hope of an inheritance in heaven, but God is also shielding us and making sure that we get there to enjoy it! We need to be encouraged that our hope and trust in Jesus is one day going to be wonderfully fulfilled.
I pray that this living hope will help us to keep on going in our present situation and in whatever the future holds until the time when it is gloriously fulfilled and we are with the Lord forever.