Our Hope in Jesus – Part 3 {Advent Devotional}

By Bill McIntyre

 

So far we have looked at:

Hope Established

Hope Maintained and today we come to…

 

Hope Fulfilled

 

1 Peter 1:10-12 tells us:

 (10)  Of which salvation the prophets have enquired and searched diligently, who prophesied of the grace that should come unto you: 

(11)  Searching what, or what manner of time the Spirit of Christ which was in them did signify, when it testified beforehand the sufferings of Christ, and the glory that should follow. 

(12)  Unto whom it was revealed, that not unto themselves, but unto us they did minister the things, which are now reported unto you by them that have preached the gospel unto you with the Holy Ghost sent down from heaven; which things the angels desire to look into.

 

Salvation is the major theme of this letter. Peter never allows us to lose sight of the priority of salvation through faith in Jesus Christ.  It is of this salvation that Peter now writes. He shares two important truths concerning this salvation.

  1. This salvation was spoken by the prophets (verses 10-12)

Long before the birth of Jesus, the prophets were inquiring about this salvation and were searching for it and saw that the Holy Spirit had revealed to them the coming of this salvation. They longed for it to take place in their lifetimes.  They testified long before Christ’s birth and His sufferings concerning the glories that were to follow His death and Resurrection.  And yet, it was revealed to them that they were not serving themselves but rather us who were to be born in later generations (VERSE 12).For example, Isaiah prophesied concerning the suffering of Jesus when he wrote,

Isa 53:3-5

He is despised and rejected by men, a Man of sorrows and acquainted with grief. And we hid, as it were, our faces from Him;

He was despised, and we did not esteem Him.  Surely He has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; yet we esteemed Him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted. But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; the chastisement for our peace was upon Him, And by His stripes we are healed

In contrast, the psalmist writes about the glory that was to be revealed in Jesus Christ.

Hope (2)

Psalm 16:9-11

Therefore my heart is glad, and my glory rejoices; My flesh also will rest in hope. For You will not leave my soul in Sheol, nor will You allow Your Holy One to see corruption. You will show me the path of life; In Your presence is fullness of joy; At Your right hand are pleasures forevermore

The prophets were called not only to minister to their contemporaries, but they came to understand that they were sharing prophecies which would be a source of instruction and blessing to those of future generations.  This salvation has come not merely from the mind of man, but from the Lord Himself.

  1. This salvation is a heavenly message (VERSE 12).

This message has come by the Holy Spirit sent from heaven.  It is an eternal message.  It has been good news to every past generation which has received it, and it shall continue to be good news to every future generation which shall receive it until the coming again of our Lord Jesus Christ.  It is difficult for our minds to conceive just how unusual it is for a message to have eternal qualities—for it to be Good News for every generation.  It is appropriate for every generation, every culture, every person.  It is a heavenly message brought by the Holy Spirit and will never become out-dated. In fact, it is such a marvellous message that even the angels of heaven desire to look into it.

Can you imagine that? The angels in heaven are in the presence of the glory and majesty of God. Yet they long to look into this message of salvation. Isn’t that wonderful?  The angels of heaven want to take a look at this wonderful salvation which has been.  Declared by the prophets, Revealed by the Holy Spirit, and is available for all who will receive it by faith in Jesus Christ as their Saviour and Lord!

Remember that Christ died on that cross for our sins and rose again to be with the Father in heaven, so that through his death and resurrection our sins might be forgiven.  For those who truly believe that Christ died for our sins and rose again will call out to him and acknowledge him as Lord: one who truly believes will call on God, repent and ask forgiveness for their sins and the wonderful news is that their sins will be forgiven and they will share in this sure and certain hope of eternity with the Lord.

This is the hope fulfilled in our Lord Jesus Christ.

Heavenly Father, we thank you that you have given us this sure and certain hope of eternal life through your Son the Lord Jesus Christ. Let us take this hope to the world that they may know you as we know you. Amen.

 

 

 

Comments

  1. Ifeoma Samuel says:

    Amen!
    God Bless your heart, Bill.
    Hugs, Helen

    Liked by 1 person

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