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Through Christ you have come to trust in God. And you have placed your faith and hope in God because he raised Christ from the dead and gave him great glory.
1 Peter 1:21 (NLT)
Peeking through the curtain, I scanned the audience and hoped my entire family showed up.
I’d landed my first high-school role in the broadway musical, South Pacific. Thankfully, my character as the island girl, Liat, called for a few speaking parts and no singing—not my strong suit.
And if my people show up, would I make them proud when I took my final bow? From side stage during the first scene, my gaze spotted them through the blinding light. All my loved ones occupied the entire third row.
I found my groove and remembered my few lines with no blunders. But my glory days as an actress ended soon after.
Over 2000 years ago, God set the stage for a story of hope to unfold.
The birth of the Christ-child took place in a lowly stable where animals occupied the front-row seats.
Jesus grew and carried out the heavenly Father’s will. The supernatural happened in His presence. He served the community and reached out to wanderers, outcasts, and the wayward lost without hope.
Jesus’ life, center stage, pointed the glory and applause to God alone.
Yet, an enemy, Satan, plotted to destroy God’s plans to bring hope to a hopeless people. Still, the Savior died on a cross for the sins of the world…my sins.
Jesus spilled His blood for me. Then His broken body lay in a borrowed tomb. But the enemy and Jesus’ accusers barely celebrated before Christ’s followers began rejoicing.
Come and see! He is risen, just as He said!
Hallelujah! Hopeless never gets the last word. God raised hope from the dead when Jesus Christ conquered the grave.
Jesus fulfilled the expectation of eternity and heaven. He provided a way for us to become children of God and gain eternal life.
The resurrection—the day hope was raised from the death and showed up in a big way. Hope unveiled in amazing grace. The spotlight on God’s mercy freeing us from sin and shame.
When we accept God’s salvation, it transforms us to over-comers—more than conquerors—and raises us to new life and new hope in the name of Jesus.
You see, the world’s hope lacks fanfare moments of glory—booed off stage with a less than desirable performance.
And it leaves us in the dark when the last light dims.
Jesus Christ played the leading role in God’s story of hope. So He stands solo as the Holy King at hope’s curtain call. And His glory deserves the applause of angels and saints.
Lord, Thank You for hope in Your resurrection power and glory. Your hope trumps all other hope. In the name of Jesus. Amen.