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A living hope

Light for the Way seriesWe invite you to take a peek inside our weekly Light for the Way devotional series provided for staff.

By Campus Pastor Matt Anderson, EagleCrest in Roseville, MN

“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

Why do babies capture all the attention in a room? I remember when my children were born. I was full of anticipation and joy—and a little fear. It was a new beginning for my wife and me. We received baby gifts and parenting advice from friends and family. One strong memory was the number of diaper packages we were given. Yikes! For us a newborn baby was the start to something altogether different and wonderful. And by looking at all the pictures and videos we have of our children, you would have to conclude that we, too, were captured by new life.
Can you think of a time when you were enthralled by new life? Perhaps you’ve recently welcomed into the family a child, niece or nephew, grandchild, or even a great grandchild (a litter of puppies will do, too!). New life gives hope. It shows us what is possible.
What brings you hope? Today’s Scripture verse announces new life in Christ that offers a living hope. Easter hope is hope with a heartbeat. Its rhythm is set to the promise of resurrection. We now know what is possible when we look at Christ raised from the dead. A total reversal is taking place through the victory of Jesus’ resurrection. We see the pain, hurt, sadness, darkness, sin and death of this life being undone.
An appropriate response to such vibrant hope is to praise God. His faithfulness and mercy have appeared in Christ. Through the resurrection we find, as the well-known hymn "Great is Thy Faithfulness" sings, “Strength for today and bright hope for tomorrow.”
Christians have traditionally greeted one another on Easter morning with the call and response:

"He is risen."
"He is risen indeed!"
May the living hope of Easter strengthen you for today and brighten your tomorrow.

Pastor Matt AndersonAbout Pastor Matt Anderson: I joined EagleCrest in 2021 as the Campus Pastor. I current live in Chanhassen, MN, with my wife Liz and our two teenaged children. When I’m not keeping busy with Bible teaching and pastoral visitations, you can find me playing guitar or reading.

 Light for the Way series provides staff with an examination of a biblical reading to deepen our focus on scripture. Thank you for engaging with this series as we seek wisdom through prayer and reflection as a Christian Ministry.

Find more in the Light for the Way series:

Grief’s ‘neverness’ meets God’s ‘alwaysness’
Love that empowers
Get to know us: a Christian ministry
Introducing Light for the Way, a new devotional series

In addition to Light for the Way, you can find reflections, devotions, music and other resources on the Pastoral Care resources website

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