The Christian's Hope & Salvation by Jason Ling

1 Peter 1: 3-4 “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, 4 and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade. This inheritance is kept in heaven for you,”

I walked through the store the other day and was overwhelmed with all of the Easter items. There was more candy in egg shapes than I could imagine. Trinkets and treasures of every kind in bunny shapes. Even a sign that posted the upcoming visit by the Easter bunny. What really struck me was the absence of anything that revealed the truth about Easter and its meaning.

The story starts in Genesis with the fall of man, hopelessness of our wanderings but yet a promise of reunification to God. Jesus was born and lived such a life of perfection and love and lived out all of God’s commands, even the command of death.

What an horrible death it was. Many of us have seen the movie, “Passion Of The Christ.” It depicts Jesus suffering in the worst ways I could ever imagine. The part they can’t show is the suffering and weight of all of our sins. What a terrible suffering and death.

But, the story doesn’t end there! Jesus defeated death, sin and the devil and rose out of that grave. Just as Jesus was resurrected with a sort of rebirth, so are each of us. God’s mercy through Christ saved us from the same crucifixion we deserved but he endured. Once again hope is restored of personal relationship with God and a life we could never have dreamed of. As I read through 1 Peter, I am in awe of the mercy and the hope and the promise of living with Him in His Kingdom. Words can’t express the gratitude I feel so I will just say thank you God with all of my being.

May we celebrate this story this Easter rather than Peter Cottontail and the Easter bunny. May we shout out with thanksgiving to God’s amazing plan made true in Jesus Christ. May we live the life of gratitude as we remember that we are saved from a fiery grave by Jesus. Let’s live the life he called us to live.