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Living hope
Pastor Matt Ewart
by Pastor Matt Ewart
January 11, 2024

I listened to a story that broke my heart. A relatively young woman was recounting when her husband received a terminal diagnosis and only had a short amount of time to live. As she told the story, it was evident that she had learned many difficult lessons before her husband passed away. One lesson caught my attention.

She mentioned how her husband was not accepting what was happening. He continued to live with hope for survival rather than facing the reality of his situation.

It hit me in that moment that she was on to something. Life in this world requires a continual balancing act. We can live in hope, but only up to a certain point. Eventually we must come to terms with the reality of our mortality.

Jesus turned that upside down. He offers a hope that doesn’t get tempered by reality. His hope transcends reality. He provides a hope that is living.

Living hope is like a light that illuminates the darkness of death and takes away its power. And if it can do that to death, what about the many other fears that might be waiting for you today?

Don’t settle for a hope that is tempered by this life. Embrace the transcendent, living hope that Jesus won for you.

“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” (1 Peter 1:3).

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