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Thursday, February 19, 2015

Lent 2015: Hope

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As I prepared to read Wednesday, the first day of Lent 2015, my iPad Bible was opened to 1st Peter ~ Chapter 1 and so this is where I begin my journey.  Hope is paramount in my mind as I read this scripture.  Back when my children were young I had a cassette tape (remember those?) that had music / song set to scripture.  I loved this tape.  One of the verses / songs that I enjoyed and remember most was 1st Peter 1:3 and part of 4 (NIV): 
'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...'

Isn't this great news!  GREAT NEWS!!!! 

It's our hope, it's my hope.  

The Cross is My Hope.  

The Empty Tomb is My Hope.  

Christ is My Hope.

1st Peter 1:13 (NIV) advises that '...with minds that are alert and fully sober, set your hope on the grace to be brought to you when Jesus Christ is revealed at his coming.'

It is the Messiah, Jesus Christ, the child ~ Immanuel, born and foretold of in the scriptures in Isaiah, announced in Luke and crucified in John who is my risen King as described in John and who ascended into Heaven as we are told in Acts.  This Hope.  This Grace.  It anoints my soul and encourages my spirit.

This season of Lent begins a journey to Easter as we celebrate with hope and anticipation of the coming of Christ.  Yes, it is a joyful celebration.  My Saviour Lives!  I am a child of the King.

As I digested scripture this first day of Lent I was impressed to research what there is regarding the days leading to the crucifixion, resurrection and ascension unto Heaven through the eyes of Peter.  I will share what I learn as I glean.

I share this HOPE with you:  

He Is Risen...He Is Risen Indeed

Do you know my blessed Saviour?


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