1 Peter 1:3
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,
Good morning, I know it has been quite a while since I last wrote and for that I apologize. This week during our mid-week bible study (we are in the process of studying our way through the first letter of the apostle Peter) we came across this little 2 word phrase, “Lively Hope“, and as God would have it, it has been trapped at the forefront of my mind. I can’t shake it and I find myself returning to it over and over again. Why you might ask, I guess one reason is that I don’t believe I had a very good explanation for it at bible study, I didn’t give a clear illustration.
So, I was hoping to maybe, in as few words as possible, be able to make a clearer illustration here. With your permission I will begin, and with God’s help maybe clarify a little better what a”Lively Hope” means at least to me. As I was preparing this weeks lesson and began to break down this verse I came to interpret this phrase, based on my Strong’s concordance, as a “Joyful Anticipation“. Now l know this doesn’t seem that significant, and for all intents and purposes, it may not be, but, for some unknown reason it sparked something in me. Now I am in no way a young man anymore in point of fact the AARP invitations are beginning to litter my mailbox which some of you might understand.
Like most people I do not look forward to my transition to eternity even though I believe my place in eternity is secure in Jesus Christ. So as I studied this phrase something came to me, that even though I wasn’t looking forward to dying, that I was looking forward to my future home in heaven! Now why do I bring this up? Because as I’ve grown older I have become a bit jaded and I don’t get excited about things that are on the horizon anymore, please don’t misinterpret what I’m saying here I do look forward to future events on this side of forever I just don’t get to excited about them. So, with this mindset I began to try, and I do mean try, to explain to the people at bible study a”Lively Hope“, and made a complete mess of it.
As I’ve contemplated on this I’ve come to the conclusion that the best illustration for a”Lively Hope” is this, a child mood during the last few days before Christmas, or their birthday. I mean think about the unbridled ecstasy they go through without even knowing what that special day has in store for them. This is something I remember quite well the sleepless night on Christmas Eve, or the night before my birthday, I didn’t know what was in store, but, I believed that something great was coming my way, and I couldn’t wait! This is “Lively Hope” ! Now why did this stick so adamantly in my thoughts? BECAUSE I believe we as Christians do not live in light of this “Lively Hope” or “Joyful Anticipation“. I believe that the world doesn’t what we have because we don’t live in the realization of what is coming, we aren’t excited about our home in heaven, so, we aren’t living in that “Lively Hope“. The truth be told, and I’m guilty of this too, is that we to often let the concerns of this world and our present conditions rob God of our joy in Him. We need to be less concerned in the affairs of this world, to a point, and more excited about what’s to come! I mean Jesus has purchased your your salvation and because of this you have eternal life in heaven with Jesus and God! It’s almost Christmas! It’s almost your birthday! Rejoice and be glad!
I hope you do not judge me to harshly for this post, God bless, Pastor Charlie.