What is the essence of a pilgrim’s journey without a living hope? In St. Peter’s epistle to the “strangers scattered throughout” five areas as noted in I Pet 1:1.
It notes the ‘lively hope’ of which Christians have an entrance into by virtue of a new life in Christ.
If Christ’s resurrection did not come to pass, our Christian walk will be regarded as false and hoax. Our faith will be vain just as our preaching will be in futility (1 Cor 15:14).
But thank God. This was not to be. The grave could not hold Christ. Christ is RISEN. He is no longer in the grave. Death could not hold him captive. His resurrection gives meaning to a pilgrim’s existence, hope and confidence.
Why not happily ruminate over the lyrics of this song daily as we are kept by the power of God (1 Pet 1:5):
My hope is built on nothing less
than Jesus’ blood and righteousness.
I dare not trust the sweetest frame,
but wholly lean on Jesus’ name.
On Christ the solid rock I stand,
all other ground is sinking sand;
all other ground is sinking sand.
The lively hope which we enjoy results from the following:
• Our God is a merciful v.3
Our God is full of mercy. Our works are nothing in his sight. Our righteousness are nothing but filthy rags before Him (Isa 64:6). Our being accepted to the fold is just by God’s mercies. No wonder Apostle Paul notes: ‘But by the grace of God, I am what I am and his grace’ (I Cor 15:10).
He further notes while writing to the saints at Ephesus: ‘But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us. Even when we were dead to sins hath quickened us together and made us to sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus.’ (Eph 2:4-5)
• Christ is Risen v.3
The resurrection of Jesus Christ from the grave gives life to our hope as Christians. Try to imagine what would have become of the faith you profess today if Christ did rise after three days. Despite every head strong defense put up by haters of the faith about Christ not rising from the grave, it still remains a fact. Christ rose from the grave and gives true meaning to our existence.
‘If ye be risen with Christ, Seek those things which are above’ (Col 3:1). Seeking with all our hearts things of heavenly nature is therefore our goal as Christians.
• Partakers of an Inheritance Incorruptible v.4
Oh Jesus! An incorruptible inheritance. A home which he has gone to prepare for his own (John 14:3) What then is my own with earthly materials which will gather moth.
‘Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt and where thieves break through nor steal. But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven , where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal.’ (Matt. 6:19-20)
It is undefiled, fadeth not away and it is reserved just for You.
• God’s Security v.5
We are kept by the power of God. His security over our lives is incomprehensible. While others put their trust in sirens, high walled gates and carnal weapons of their warfare (2Cor 10:4). But by the power of God we are secured.