Merry Christmas to you, beloved of God!I recently read this passage of Scripture and thought how perfectly it sums up the hope of Christmas applied to life in this imperfect world. May these words of LIFE bless you and fill you with hope as much as they did me. I've laid out and centered each verse so we can thoughtfully read and meditate on one line at a time. Each is so rich with meaning and praise on this sacred day. May you be blessed!
Born Again to a Living Hope
I Peter 1:3-12 (ESV)
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ!
According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,
to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you,
who by God's power are being guarded through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.
In this you rejoice, though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been grieved by various trials,
so that the tested genuineness of your faith—more precious than gold that perishes though it is tested by fire—may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ. Though you have not seen him, you love him. Though you do not now see him, you believe in him and rejoice with joy that is inexpressible and filled with glory,
obtaining the outcome of your faith, the salvation of your souls.
Concerning this salvation, the prophets who prophesied about the grace that was to be yours searched and inquired carefully,
inquiring what person or time the Spirit of Christ in them was indicating when he predicted the sufferings of Christ and the subsequent glories.