The Basis of Hope

In the uncertainties of life so much is based on hope. The desire and determination to persevere through hard times is based on the hope that situations can change and things can get better.

We hope that our vocational training, an apprenticeship, or our tertiary studies will lead to meaningful employment and income. We hope that the perfect life partner will cross our path. Sometimes things work out the way we planned, sometimes not.

The outcome of our hope depends on the reliability of the premise that underpins it. In that case, can there be any hope that is a certainty?

The Christian hope is for resurrection and eternal life in the presence of God. The certainty of that outcome is based on the reliability of the premise that Jesus Christ died for our sins and rose from the dead. If Christ did not rise from the dead then our faith is futile and we are still in our sins.

But the reality of and the evidence for the resurrection of Jesus Christ underpins our hope. As the Apostle Paul wrote in 1 Corinthians 15:20-23:

"But Christ has indeed been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep. For since death came through a man, the resurrection of the dead comes also through a man. For as in Adam all die, so in Christ all will be made alive. But each in turn: Christ, the firstfruits; then, when he comes, those who belong to him."

Let's be encouraged by the certainty of that for which we hope. That's good news, and the good news is for sharing.

Yours in Christ,

Peter Rogers

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