3. My Hope is in God because of Christ’s death and resurrection
Christmas brings so much our way and it is a great celebration for the follower of Jesus Christ. As we think of the advent of Jesus, Hope is one of the four wonderful things about God that sets our hearts full. (The other three are peace, joy and love) As believers in Jesus He has set us free from sin and death! Praise the Lord! He has provided for us a way to live this life for Him in righteousness and truth as we allow the Holy Spirit of God to lead and guide us daily in that walk with Him. And then to finish our blessings off when we die or when Jesus returns for His children, whichever comes first, God has a place for each of us to be with Him forever prepared by the hand of His Son, Jesus, which the Bible calls heaven.
Looking at the passage by Peter, we see we have been redeemed from an “empty way of life.” That life came from those before us who lived in sin and passed it to us that not only did we have sin because we were born with a sinful nature we were taught how to sin from those around us and then we decided to live a life of sin. We have perpetuated that “empty way of life.” How were we redeemed? Not with silver or gold, things of this world, but by the “precious blood of Christ.” Our Hope is that we, who now follow the Lord, can begin to change the cycle of an empty way of life, and teach those we have brought into this world to have life that is meaningful and full of hope, by having a personal relationship with God’s only Son, Jesus Christ.
Our redemption came not from the things that pass away but from the precious blood of Jesus Christ that the scriptures tell us is the perfect, unblemished Lamb of God. This Savior and Lord Jesus Christ was chosen from eternity past to be the Savior of the world which He created. It is in Him we have hope, that hope which provides absolute confidence for the salvation from our sins and the certainty for everlasting life.
How do we know? Peter reminded us of the way in which we have had redemption and forgiveness of sins. The hope of forgiveness comes from the fact that this Lamb of God went to the cross to pay a price I could not pay to give me a new life I do not deserve. Jesus Christ, the Son of God came to die for the sins of the world.