3 … born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 4 to obtain an inheritance which is imperishable and undefiled and will not fade away, reserved in heaven for you, 5 who are protected by the power of God through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time (1 Peter 1).
What makes hope truly alive? Three R’s: Resurrection, Reservation, and Revelation. We have “a living hope” because Jesus is alive through His “resurrection from the dead,” because our “inheritance [is] reserved in heaven,” and because our “salvation” [stands] ready to be revealed.” Through Christ Jesus we hope that one day we will rise from the dead, that we will inherit what God says is ours, and that we will see our final salvation from the very presence of sin.
Now, the existence of a “living hope” surely implies the existence of a dead one as well. A dead hope looks for and thinks nothing of Resurrection, Reservation, and Revelation. A dead hope looks only at pie in the sky, with only some vague expression of an afterlife, and certainly without any real sense of certainty.
Lord, we thank You for this living hope you have given to us! Help us This Day to keep our eyes diligently both on the work at hand, while also on Hope’s Three R’s. Amen.