by Tony Nester

Invitation to a Living Hope
Tony Nester
Mark 16:1-8; 1 Peter 1:3-9

Easter has always been about hope.

British novelist Graham Greene once wrote, ‘‘The door always opens and lets the future in.’’

{3} They had been saying to one another, ‘‘Who will roll away the stone for us from the entrance to the tomb?’’

On that first Easter morning God rolled away the stone. He opened the door to the future - eternity!

Peter wrote that walking by faith through the door of Easter was like being born again. He said that once you walk through that door you receive an indestructible, never-to-lose inheritance from God. Listen to his words...

[Read text from 1 Peter]

Our inheritance as believers is nothing less than Christ and all the riches of his glory.

Dr. W. A Criswell, Pastor of the First Baptist Church of Dallas, Texas, said on one occasion on an airplane flight he found himself seated beside a well-known theologian. He desperately wanted to start a conversation and they got to talking. The man told Dr. Criswell about how he had recently lost a little boy through death. Dr. Criswell listened as he told his story.

He said he had come home from school with a fever and we thought it was just one of those childhood things, but it was a very virulent form of meningitis. The doctor said we cannot save your little boy. He’ll die.

And so this seminary professor, loving his son as he did, sat by the bedside to watch this death vigil. It was the middle of the day and the little boy whose strength was going from him and whose vision was getting clouded said, ‘‘Daddy, it’s getting dark isn’t it?’’ The professor said to his son, ‘‘Yes son it is getting dark, very dark.’’ Of course it was very dark for him. He said, ‘‘Daddy, I guess it’s time for me to go to sleep isn’t it?’’

He said, ‘‘Yes, son, it’s time for you to go to sleep.’’

The professor said the little fellow had a way of fixing his pillow just so, and putting his head on his hands when he ...

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