Born To A Living Hope

1 Peter 1:3-5 & 8-9 “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has called us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you, who by God’s power are being guarded through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.”

“Though you have not seen him, you love him. Though you do not now see him, you believe in him and rejoice with joy that is inexpressible and filled with glory, obtaining the outcome of your faith, the salvation of your souls.”

Jesus sends the disciples out into the world as Jesus had been sent (John 20:21). They were hiding afraid after Easter, but Jesus sends them out among the people. That’s how they were to live as Easter people.

The reading from 1 Peter echoes a similar question. How do we live as Easter people, as followers of the one who would not stop demonstrating the healing and wholeness of the realm of God, even though it put his life in danger? What comes after Easter Sunday? Easter is a joyful day, but there is real expectation of us in it too. Like the first disciples to whom Jesus appeared in John 20, like the young Christian communities of Asia Minor who first received this letter we know as 1Peter, we are sent to live the love, of the risen Christ out in our everyday lives. Sometimes that can even put us at odds with the powers that be.

Living as Easter people doesn’t mean life will be joyful and easy all of the time. But it is an encouragement for the times when the living of our faith puts us in contrast to circumstances and values of the times we live in.

Living Christ,

We thank you for the encouragement, you give your people. Your love which is unconditional and never ending. The strength we get from your word and your Spirit. May we see each day, all those put on our path with your eyes and your heart. In Jesus Name.

Amen

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