Living Hope

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Exodus 14:21-31; 1 Peter 1:1-12; John 14:1-17

From the Reformer

For even if all the angels in heaven together were to attempt to grant and sustain me a single hour in this mortal life, they would be utterly incapable of it. Much less are they capable of giving and bestowing eternal life. But Christ says, “I am able to give eternal life to all who believe in Me” [cf. John 10:28; 17:2].

—Martin Luther, Luther’s Works (v 58, p 254)

Pulling It Together

What hope did the Hebrews have in leaving the bondage of Egypt? After all, they had a mighty army on their heels as they headed into the desert, led by a stuttering, hot-tempered rabble rouser. If their hope was in a man, or a place, or even in a settled, three-step strategy, they had no hope at all. Yet, if their hope was in the Lord, their hope was certain. He has provided a living hope of an inheritance that is kept in heaven for those who believe.

You might think: But what of the barrenness this life so often seems to offer, and my many misfires and outright failures, or the lack of solid leadership during this sojourn? I feel like an exile.

Let not your heart be troubled. Stop looking to the present situation, and begin believing in the God who promises the future—and holds it in secure trust. Jesus has gone to prepare a place for you.

If it were not so, he would never have made the promise to you. Believe.

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