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Hope - Part 1 (1 of 2)
I Peter 1:3
"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."
The message of Easter can be summed up in one word, Hope. I arrives at the end of a dreary winter season; a season that's been filled with cold and darkness. In the fall you planted in the hope that you would reap in the spring. Easter is the introduction of spring. It is the beginning of the rewards of your faith. What you have planted, you hope will spring forth.
No one could speak better of the words of hope than the apostle, Peter. He had been through his dark night, betrayed the Lord to His face. Hope had dwindled to s smoldering fire with the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. But we see it fan into new energy when he hears of the potential of the Lord's resurrection. That's why we can pay attention when He 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."
Hope is our most significant emotion.
Dr Lloyd Ogilvie tells of an experience of climbing across the rugged seaside boulders in the highlands of Scotland. It was a late Saturday afternoon, he was jumping from boulder to boulder to climb to a private little perch that he had found a couple of years before, to sit and enjoy the scenery and meditate.
It had been raining for eight days. As he reached the highest boulder, he though to himself, Lloyd, be careful. One more spring was all he needed to reach the top. On his final leap, his foot began to slip. He fell off balance and came plunging down between two boulders into a crevice so narrow it acted like a clutching vice.
His left leg was now rigidly held between two boulders. The left side of his head and chest bashed into the rock ...
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