THE LIVING HOPE AND NEW BIRTH! “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” (1 Peter 1:3 NIV). The Living Hope comes from God the Father through His great mercy and because of the new birth we receive through the work of Jesus Christ who died on the cross and was resurrected from the dead.
The resurrection proves a lot of things but it proves two basic things: (1) Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross was acceptable to God the Father as payment for the world’s sins and (2) that Jesus was who He said He was…the Son of the Living God. He had said if they killed Him He would rise from the grave in three days…and He did (John 2:18-22; Luke 24:6-8). And because Jesus rose from the dead He can also resurrect the living dead person that we are and give us new spiritual life through a new spiritual birth.
These words remind us of Jesus’ encounter with Nicodemus recorded in John 3 where Jesus told Nicodemus, “You must be born again.” The only way anyone can be born again is by accepting the work Jesus did on the cross to provide salvation. Jesus’ resurrection from the grave provides the pathway for us to receive the Living Hope through the new birth. If you have never received this gift of the new birth you need to accept God’s great gift of mercy today. “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16 NIV). More to come on this topic.