“Morning by morning, O Lord, you hear my voice”

Psalm 5:3

New Hope in Christ

(Please read 1 Corinthians 15:19)

December 11

Here and there in this country there are church signs including the words “New Hope.” Those words cover something priceless that was not really known before Jesus came into the world. It’s true that there are references in the Old Testament to an afterlife, but their import is probably more obvious to us in the light of New Testament teaching about it than it was to the people who lived in that earlier time. The Israelites couldn’t agree among themselves about the subject, so there was continual debate between the Sadducees, who did not believe in a resurrection, and the Pharisees, who did. But the latter really had little hope since they thought their afterlife depended on perfectly observing the law, which they could not do.

With the death and resurrection of Jesus it became clear that the one who had successfully raised others from the dead and had foretold his own resurrection could make good on his promise. As surely as we believe Jesus was raised from the dead, we can dare to look forward confidently to our own resurrection. So, as our text indicates, our hope in Christ extends beyond this life.

This hope sustains us in times of trouble. It dries tears as we mourn the passing of loved ones. It prompts us to “live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age, while we wait for the blessed hope – the glorious appearing of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, who gave himself for us” (Titus 2:12-14, NIV). If your hope ever weakens, read about Him again and bask in renewed hope because of Him.

 

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