Here is another devotion from a wonderful book I’ve been reading this year on my phone. I really like the way this author thinks and writes. Note the use of my Word of the Year — “Hope.”
While the rest of the world goes about living for the here and now, we live for eternity. While they make investments hoping for good returns in a matter of years or decades, we make investments hoping for good returns in a matter of timeless “ages.” While they interpret their trials as things that will make or break the quality of their lives, we interpret our trials as events that are shaping us to understand God and inherit His riches. The Resurrection makes all the difference in the world. And beyond.
This, in fact, was the point of creation from day one. Genesis is the account of God’s creation, but the cross of Christ and the empty tomb are the account of the re-creation. The early church was suddenly aware that they were living in the regenesis, the fulfillment of all God had promised, the Kingdom that does not pass away. And that knowledge guided everything they did.
The Resurrection validates our faith in the redeeming work of our High Priest, who has taken away our sins. It allows us to live with a sense of risk and adventure, because it makes us part of a new order of creation that ultimately cannot fail — our lives are grounded in Someone who reigns in eternal victory.
Chris Tiegreen, The One Year Wonder of the Cross, 1/2/21
This week I will continue to highlight the use of my Word of the Year — “Hope” — as seen in a wonderful book I’ve been reading on my phone this year. I’ll share three devotions from that book this week.
No one — absolutely no one — expected to see a resurrected human in his or her lifetime. Not until Jesus came, anyway. He raised a few people from the dead Himself — Jairus’s daughter and Lazarus, to name two — but those were temporary resurrections. Everyone knew Jairus’s daughter and Lazarus would die again one day. Still, the fact that they could be raised for a time gave hope to eyewitnesses that permanent resurrection was at least theoretically possible. And then when Jesus appeared after being in a tomb for three days…This was the earth-shattering foundation of the church. — Chris Tiegreen, The One Year Wonder of the Cross, 1/1/21
Here again is a quote that uses my Word of the Year — “Hope.” What powerful, true words from long ago!
Ever since I first heard of your strong faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for God’s people everywhere, I have not stopped thanking God for you. I pray for you constantly, asking God, the glorious Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, to give you spiritual wisdom and insight so that you might grow in your knowledge of God. I pray that your hearts will be flooded with light so that you can understand the confident hope he has given to those he called–his holy people who are his rich and glorious inheritance. I also pray that you will understand the incredible greatness of God’s power for us who believe him. This is the same mighty power that raised Christ from the dead and seated him in the place of honor at God’s right hand in the heavenly realms. Now he is far above any ruler or anything else–not only in this world but also in the world to come. God has put all things under the authority of Christ and has made him head over all things for the benefit of the church. And the church is his body; it is made full and complete by Christ, who fills all things everywhere with himself. — Ephesians 1:15-23 [NLT]
I love John Piper’s use of the word “hope” in the quotes that follow. This entire year I’m focused on the word “hope” as my “Word of the Year.”
Seeing the glory of God is our ultimate hope…”Our blessed hope [is] the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ” (Titus 2:13)…Seeing and sharing in God’s glory is an ultimate hope through the gospel of Christ. Such a hope, that is really known and treasured, has a huge and decisive effect on our present values and choices and actions…Study your own soul to know how to make the glories of the world collapse like the pagan idol Dagon in 1 Samuel 5:4. Let all glories that distract you from the glory of God shatter in pitiful pieces on the floor of the world’s temples. Treasure the glory of God above all this world.
My friend, Marcy, brought her dogs on our hike recently. Jackie and Stanley were so happy to be hiking in the mountains with us again! Of course, they were thrilled to enjoy the cool waters of Clear Creek several times along the way.
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