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Dear All,

 

The apostle Peter writes about a ‘living hope!’

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! By his great mercy he has given us a new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you, who are being protected by the power of God through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. (1 Peter 1:3-5 NRSV)

As followers of Jesus, we are now among those who have this ‘living hope’.  By choosing to follow Jesus and be a part of the community of faith here at Christ Church, we have left our old lives behind and are now blessed with a wonderful new life in God.  The ‘new birth’ Peter writes about, sometimes translated as ‘born again’, offers us a remarkable metaphor for how ‘new’ our life now is – Peter can only describe it as like being born for a second time.  We have been ‘born again’ ‘into a living hope’.  

This ‘living hope’ is now a reality for us.  Hope is now living in us.  As New Testament Scholar David Bartlett writes, ‘hope lives because it is based in Jesus’ resurrection from the dead, his triumph over death.  Hope lives because death cannot overcome it.  Hope lives because even in the face of tribulation it does not back down or grow faint.  Living hope is hope that gives life’.  Praise God for this ‘living hope’ which is now ours!

Peter writes of how this ‘living hope’ gives us hope for today and for all of our ‘tomorrows’ in this life and in the age to come.  God, by his Spirit, assures us today that because of Jesus’ life, death and resurrection, we are his children and that whatever we go through in this life, we do so as those who are strengthened and sustained by God’s resurrection power and in this same power, we will be lovingly held forever. 

My prayer is that as we celebrate Easter, this ‘living hope’ through Jesus’ resurrection will be a cause of great joy and transformation for us all.        

 

Every blessing,

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