The Reason For Our Hope by Jesse Hendley

Jesse M. Hendley
I Peter 3:15


Now friends, if you have your Bibles, turn with me to
I Peter 3:15. Today we are studying, "The Reason for
Our Hope." The Apostle Peter said in verse 15, "But
sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready
always to give an answer to every man that asketh you
a reason of the hope that is in you." We have a hope,
an expectation, of heaven. Throughout our lives we are
looking forward to heaven. That's why we can go
through the trials of life victoriously. Sickness is
not the end of our lives. Death is not the end of our
lives. Trials are not the end of our lives. There is
something beyond. There is a hope. It is real. It is
not illusory. It is definite. It is certain.

Hope means expectation. We are expecting heaven, the
face of God and Christ, the fellowship of angels, the
fellowship of God's greatest men who have lived over
the years, whom we have read about in their daily
lives. A living Christian is the greatest proof of
Christianity. So, we have a reason for our hope. There
is a reason behind it all. It isn't something wild.
The world doesn't think this is reasonable.

"Conversation with a Man"

I talked to a man one day who said, "There can't be a
God-man." He had already made up his mind that God
could not come down in human flesh, in a human body.
How silly can you get? If God can make a universe,
can't He make a body and step into it? If He can
create spirits and move through our spirits to move
His activity, can't He make a body for Christ to step
into? Our text says that is reasonable, "a reason of
the hope." My faith in the Lord, my salvation, is not
based upon something that might or might not be,
something that is uncertain. It is based upon
something that is real. And so we read that we should
have a reason for our hope that is in us and should be
able to tell others about it.



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