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Believing in the Risen Christ
1 Peter 1:3-12
Vs.3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus
Christ! By his great mercy he has given us a new birth into a living hope
through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,
We have a rebirth in and through the risen
Christ. God gave us new life by raising Jesus Christ from death. The
Holy Spirit always brings us to unite in Christ so that we enjoy the
spiritual blessings and strength. We are called into a living hope of
eternal life. Our hope is not only for the future but eternal life
begins when we trust Christ and join God’s family. No matter what pain or
trial we face in this life, we know that it is not our final experience.
1) Faith is kept safe by God’s power.
God will help us remain true to our faith through
whatever difficult times we must face. We may have to endure trials,
persecution or violent death, but our souls cannot be harmed if we
have accepted Christ’s gift of salvation. We know we will receive the promised
rewards. The blessings are kept in heaven where they cannot
decay or spoil or fade away. As a true Christian, worshiping
the risen Christ and experiencing the power of Holy Spirit, we must face
suffering. It is not a natural disaster or the experience of God’s
punishments, but the response of an unbelieving world of people of faith.
All believers face such trials when they let their light shine in to the
darkness. We must accept trials as part of the refining process that
burns away impurities and prepares us to meet Christ.
2) Faith is much more precious than gold.
As gold is heated, impurities float to the top and can
be skimmed off. Steel is tempered or strengthened by heating it in the
fire. Likewise, our trials, struggles and persecutions refine and
strengthen our faith, making us useful to God. When Christ
appears in his glory, the true believers will provide praise,
glory and honor. Jesus Christ is the precious corner stone of our faith.
We can see the real picture of the saved ones in Revelation: 7. We will
be accepted and recognized by the savior.
3) Faith resulted in a
greater and glorious joy in eternity.
The living hope helps us to believe the risen Christ
without seeing him. The Holy Spirit helps us to love Christ even though
we have not seen him. In this world, among all trials, we are filled with
an inexpressible and glorious joy. That joy which we are receiving,
the goal of our faith, os the salvation of our souls. Jesus prayed
“father, I want those you have given me to be with me where I
am. And to see my glory, the glory you have given me because you
loved me before the creation of the world." That is our living hope.
Heavenly Father we thank you for the salvation we have
through you son, our savior Jesus Christ. Help us and strengthen us
to keep our faith in the risen Christ. Refine us and use us to witness
the living hope in the risen Christ among the darkness of this world.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY
What is your living hope?
Rev. T. C. Mammen, Long Island MTC, NY Christian
Education Forum, Diocese of NAE of the Mar Thoma Church
Revelation for LiberationActs 27:18-26 Sherine ThomasLong Island MTC, NY 20 When neither sun nor stars appeared for many days, and no small
tempest raged, all hope of our being saved was at last abandoned.
“After winter comes the summer. After night comes the dawn.
And after every storm, there comes clear open skies” so said a Scottish
clergyman from the 1600s. It’s been said, that hope can sometimes be the most
dangerous weapon. However, it’s sometimes the hardest weapon to carry
when you’re living with the loss of a loved one, something that almost feels
like a terrible nightmare that’ll never go away. It’s a weapon difficult
to carry when day in and day out no one seems to hear or see those tears that
are shed or silent cries that are made during a heartfelt prayer. It’s a
weapon difficult to carry as you see your loved one lying on that hospital bed.
It’s a weapon difficult to carry as you search and seek out answers to
tell a child as to why they’ve been abused, abandoned, and …
Exodus 40:12-16 Bring Aaron and his sons to the entrance to the Tent of
Meeting... wash them with water. Then dress Aaron in the sacred garments,
anoint him and consecrate him so he may serve me as priest (Exodus 40: 12-13). Priesthood
among the people of God was a divine command and initiation. God wanted some
people to be separated for the special ministry among his people. God appointed
Aaron and his descendants to take up this kind of ministry among the people of
God. Priests are always separated and appointed as channels that connect God
with his people. All throughout the history of Israel, priests played an
important role in connecting people with God and to lead and guide them in the
statutes of God. But there are incidents in the Bible where the priests failed
in their duties and that led the people to go away from God. So the priests
have a special and significant ministry to perform in this world among his
people. Two important things from thi…
Community Formation Around
Resurrection ExperienceActs 23:1-10 Vinod JohnsonCarmel MTC, Boston,
MA6 When Paul noticed that some were Sadducees and others
were Pharisees, he called out in the council, “Brothers, I am a Pharisee, a son
of Pharisees. I am on trial concerning the hope of the resurrection of the
Sometimes, the only thing that keeps you going through a brutal winter is
the hope for the spring. It may have been a hard hope to hold on to this
particular year in New England - a year in which Boston considered dumping not
tea, but the ever growing mounds of snow into its harbor. And yet, the waist
deep snow has dissolved away. White desolation has given way to increasingly
visible green shoots of spring. A resurrection is at hand!
this passage, Paul tries to defend himself before the Sanhedrin Council. He
seeks to drive a wedge between the Pharisees who believed in resurrection and
the Sadducees who did not; even though neither believed in the resurrection of