In 1927 one of our American submarines, S4, sank off the eastern coast on a dive after routine maintenance work. Divers made contact through Morse code. After initial exchange of how many on board, what is your condition etc., the divers received the message from those on board, “Is there any hope?” In the midst of the circumstances, what a penetrating question! Many ask that question about so many circumstances of life. Is there any hope? Is there any hope for my marriage? Is there any hope for my children’s salvation? Is there any hope for my country? Is there any hope for my sin?
I’ve got good news—Jesus is our Living Hope!
Sunday, I began preaching from the book of 1 Peter. “Living Hope” is a phrase that we find in 1 Peter 1:3. This will be the theme of my preaching through this letter. Sunday, I shared three observations about Jesus being our Living Hope that we discover in chapter 1.
1. Our Living Hope rests in the essence of our salvation. Our salvation is provided by God’s grace through Jesus’ work, proved by Jesus’ resurrection, and perfected by the sanctifying work of the Holy Spirit.
2. Our Living Hope results in eternal solutions for our temporary struggles. In 1 Peter 1:4-7, we see a comparison between our eternal promise and our temporary problems. We don’t need to minimize our problems, but we do need to keep them in an eternal perspective.
3. Our Living Hope is rooted in a personal relationship to our Savior. Perhaps, here is the best news of all. We can have a relationship to the ONE who brings us hope. Though life might sometimes overwhelm us, we are never without hope with Christ as our Savior.
So, what are we to do? Peter reminds us to bless the Lord and to rejoice, because after all, as believers, we are “receiving the goal of faith, the salvation of our souls.” (1 Peter 1:8)
(This post is based on the message “Jesus Christ – Our Living Hope” which you can watch at fbclaf.org/video)