~ Today’s Easter Bible Verses and mini Bible study are designed to help you gain hope. ~
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Easter is extra special. Or at least it should be.
Christmas may be the more popular Christian holiday, but Easter is – hello! – Resurrection Sunday!
Without Resurrection Sunday, we would not have the hope that is available to us.
1 Peter 1:3 (NIV): 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,
Can we talk about this living hope for a second?
Be prepared for Easter to become your favorite holiday.
The word “hope” in this verse is probably not the hope you and I think of. It doesn’t mean “hopeful” or “wishful.”
I did a word study of “hope” in this verse (you know I did) and as usual, I found cool stuff to share!
But first, let me point out that the whole first chapter of 1st Peter is THE chapter you need to read if you are struggling through a trial and need help finding hope.
1 Peter 1 is your one-stop-shop for hope!
Seriously. Go write this inside the front cover of your Bible: “Losing hope? Read 1 Peter 1 over and over.”
That way it will be front and center when you need it.
When – not if.
1 Peter 1:6 (NLT): So be truly glad. There is wonderful joy ahead, even though you must endure many trials for a little while.
Peter wrote his letter to encourage believers who were experiencing real problems – people just like us.
My Study Bible explains it nicely …
“Peter wants his readers to understand their suffering in the light of God’s greater purposes. He reminds Christians that they are actually “aliens” on earth because their inheritance is in heaven. He points his readers to Jesus as their example to follow. Jesus suffered unjustly, yet He now reigns victoriously. Believers can face their own sufferings triumphantly if they rely on Christ. Their security rests in God who has given them eternal life. This hope should motivate believers to serve their Lord with commitment despite the cost.”
Do you ever feel like an alien on this earth?
Ever long for a better place?
I think we’re supposed to feel that way.
1 Peter 1:17 (NIV): Since you call on a Father who judges each person’s work impartially, live out your time as foreigners here in reverent fear.
Ok, ok. That turned out to be a longer bunny trail than I expected. (But a good one!)
Back to the cool word study …
So, the way we probably think of the word “hope” is found later in this chapter …
1 Peter 1:13 (NLT): So prepare your minds for action and exercise self-control. Put all your hope in the gracious salvation that will come to you when Jesus Christ is revealed to the world.
That word “hope” in verse 13 is Strong’s number 1679 which means “to hope for.”
But the “hope” in verse 3 is Strong’s number 1680, which means “confident expectation, trust, confidence, expectation of what is sure or certain.”
Big difference, right?
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Where did it say to put ALL our hope? In our earthly desires? Um, no. (1 Peter 1:14)
Now, let’s substitute the definition we just learned into verse 3 …
He has given us new birth into a living “confidence” through the resurrection of Jesus Christ.
So in what exactly are we confident? Let’s read the next verse.
1 Peter 1:4 (ESV): to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you,
We can be confident in our inheritance.
Of a better life to come, yes.
And also, we can be confident in the Power living in us to help us get through the trials in this life.
Ephesians 1:18-20 (NIV): I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people, and his incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is the same as the mighty strength he exerted when he raised Christ from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms,
Did you catch what kind of power we have?
By the way, the word “hope” He has called us to in this Ephesians verse is also Strong’s number 1680.
Tap in to that confidence – to that Power living in you.
We don’t ever have to lose hope! No matter what we are going through, we can always have hope (confidence!) in two things:
Power for this life and a glorious inheritance to come.
All because of the resurrection.
Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ!
*My prayer for you is … that this blog will inspire you to open your Bible every single day to seek God’s face and write His Word on your heart – because HE’S the key to lasting heart change!
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