During Passover, we remember the incredible opportunities that we received thanks to the resurrection of Jesus! Are you aware of the possibilities that living hope gives us?
“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who in His great mercy has regenerated us by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead into a living hope…” 1 Peter 1:3.
Through the resurrection of Jesus from the dead, we have received a living hope. As a result of the work done by Jesus in the days of His flesh, we have received incredible opportunities. Opportunities that were not in the Old Testament.
Living hope = new opportunities!
The law given in the Old Testament was only a shadow of these possibilities. What is this hope that was not in the Old Testament? This hope is the hope of Christ in you and the hope of glory! (Colossians 1:27) Jesus opened to us a new and living way through the flesh, so that Jesus could live in our hearts by faith, and we, with all the saints, could be filled with all the fullness of God. (Heb. 10:20; Eph. 3:16-21) We can be transformed into the image of Jesus through the power of the Holy Spirit. (Rom 8:29) What a future and what hope we have! (Jer. 29:11)
In the Old Testament, the people of Israel could receive the remission of sins through the sacrifices required by the law. The law was weak: it could condemn sin only after it had been committed. The law was only a “fence” against sin. However, he could not do anything with this “strong inner man”, which is our self-will – our lusts and desires. Jesus entered the strong man’s house (body), conquered and killed him. (Mark 3:27; Luke 11:21-22)
“For as the law, which was weak through the flesh, was powerless, God sent his Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and for sin, and condemned sin in the flesh, so that the justification of the law might be fulfilled in us who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit.” Roman. 8:3-4.
Jesus was tempted and tried in every way, but He never sinned! (Heb. 2:17-18; Heb. 4:15) So the grave couldn’t hold Him when He died. He was perfected and rose from the dead, becoming the author of eternal salvation for all who obey Him. (Heb. 5:9) And now His life can be revealed in us as we follow in His footsteps. (2 Cor. 4:10-11, 1 Peter 2:21-22) We have a throne of grace before which we can come to be helped to overcome and fight the good fight of faith that will lead us to eternal life. The process of being sanctified in the Spirit, overcoming sin, and putting to death the sin that lives in us is a lifelong process.
Think about these possibilities:
One who has been possessed by malice can become patient and peaceful.
He who was previously filled with impure lusts can come to purity.
He who seeks honor from people may begin to regard others as superior to himself and not seek his own, but what is best for others.
He who was strong can become meek and humble.
Those who are troubled can come to rest in God.
One who is stubborn by nature can become more flexible.
He who is proud and haughty can become meek and lowly in heart.
He who wants to be big can become small in his own eyes and a servant of all.
Greedy and money-loving, may begin to give.
Those who are dissatisfied and criticize others can be filled with gratitude.
“As from His divine power, everything that is necessary for life and godliness has been given to us, through the knowledge of Him who called us with glory and goodness, by which great and precious promises have been given to us, so that through them you may become partakers of the Divine nature, escaping from the corruption that reigns in the world through lust …” 2 Peter 1:3-4.
Now the Word of God can come to life and become flesh in us through faith and obedience in the power of the Holy Spirit. And all this is possible thanks to the victorious life of Jesus and His resurrection! This is our living hope! This is worth fighting for and gives meaning to the greeting we wish each other “Happy Passover!”
Author: William Kennedy