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Plainfield Christian Church, Michigan

Preacher’s Perspective:

The Third Day, A Living Hope

"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."

(I Peter 1:3, NIV)

Think how all of heaven must have celebrated the night God became our incarnate Lord! What sets Christianity apart from other religions is that it grants new life to a person.

Another distinctive of Christianity is the hope a Christian possesses. The pagan world of the apostles’ day had no hope of life beyond the grave. Theocritus said, “Hope goes with life; all hopeless are dead.” Aeschylus wrote, “Once dead there is no resurrection more.” Lucretius uttered these mournful words: “None ever wake again whom the cold pause of life hath overtaken.” No wonder Paul told Christians not to “grieve like the rest of men who have no hope” (1 Thess. 4:14) and spoke of “those who are without hope and without God in the world” (Eph. 2:12). The Christian’s hope lives because the One in whom they have put their hope lives! Jesus Christ, according to His own testimony, is “alive for evermore” (Rev. 1:18).

Get a grip on the power of this truth. If the same Spirit, who penetrated the rock-cold tomb on Easter morning and raised Jesus from the dead, dwells in you, then He – the Spirit – can certainly penetrate your miserable estate and raise you from your doldrums, from your drudgery, from your despair, from your discouragement, from your depression, from your disillusionment!

Does the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwell in you this morning? Then praise God! If He doesn’t, today would be a wonderful day to consider changing your estate.


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