What is the Christian hope?

What is the Christian Hope?

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This is perhaps one of the most important questions we can ask a Christian, what is his hope? And the answer can be no other than the resurrection of Christ as the seal of our justification by faith.

If we remove the resurrection of Christ from the equation of the Gospel we could not agree more with the words of the apostle Paul when he says: “And if Christ did not rise, then our preaching is vain, your faith is vain” (1 Cor. 15:14) For if Jesus did not raise all the work of salvation which God the Father set forth through the person of Christ would have no meaning, if he did not rule over death. After all, we are promised the resurrection of the dead as the beginning of eternal life.

Let us think more on this matter, why is the resurrection so important? For it not only shows that Jesus overcame death, but that the resurrection of Christ justifies us before the presence of God. That is to say, when Christ dies on the cross of Calvary, he causes all who believe in him to be justified before God the Father (Ro.4: 25). And it is here that we see the hope of every Christian, that being sinners, God judges us through the righteousness of Christ, who is perfect. And there is nothing so wonderful and hopeful to be united with Christ through faith, for we die with him and live with him according to his Word (Rom.6: 8).

This means that believers in Jesus have a unique hope because all our sins have been atoned for and we are declared righteous before God. Jesus reconciles us with the Father, we have gone from enemies of God to friends of God. Is there anything better than to know that we are part of the good news of salvation that by grace God gives us eternal life? I really do not think there is better news; this is the best news the human being can ever have, the right to be in the presence of God for all eternity.

Therefore, we can conclude with the Apostle Peter with these words: “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade. This inheritance is kept in heaven for you, “(1 Peter 1: 3-4)

Alejandro Rodríguez