A Living Hope

A Living Hope

Sunday, April 19  |  Second Sunday of Easter

Perhaps you spent Holy Week remembering and enacting aspects of Jesus’s last days before his crucifixion. Maybe you participated in the Last Supper through communion or left a Good Friday service in darkness and silence. We spend much of Holy Week looking back. Peter reminds us to also look forward, because the resurrection brings with it a living hope.

Resurrection hope always points forward because it is not hope in a concept or an ideal but in a person—the Living God, who is faithful and true and is still working out his good plans. Our hope is alive! That means it isn’t politicians or economics or policies or even entropy that defines our future. The future is God’s.

Peter’s greeting encourages us to look back at how God has been faithful in the past so we can live in hope for the future.

God of the ages, instill in me your living hope that I might live free of fear. AMEN.

About the Author

Tyler Johnson lives in Urbandale, Iowa, where he and his wife, Erin, serve as co-pastors of Urban Heights Covenant Church. Before entering seminary, Johnson was an engineer and worked at Johnson Space Center in Houston. He holds a fifth-degree black belt in traditional tae kwon do, which he teaches at church.

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