Weekly Devotional

Renewed Hope, Perfect Peace, Eternal Life

Hope for a better world -- for true peace -- can be found only in God, not in ourselves. Human striving leads to death. Life comes from God alone.

Written by Hope on 20/04/2014

“I am the resurrection and the life. Everyone who lives in Me and believes in Me will never ever die.” John 11:25-26

Civil war in the Middle East. The political turmoil in Europe. The crises throughout Africa. The unrest in South America. All over the world, we see the truth of Jesus Christ’s statement to His followers: “you will hear of wars and threats of wars” (Matthew 24:6).

Many have predicted that when mankind became more educated, they would give up their warlike ways, and peace would rule the planet. Yet the story of humanity, right up to the present day, is a story of war, conflict and suffering.

Hope for a better world -- for true peace -- can be found only in God, not in ourselves. Human striving leads to death. Life comes from God alone.

Life from God

Over 2,000 years ago, God came to earth to live among us. He entered the world as a helpless baby, born miraculously to a virgin mother. Jesus, the Son of God, grew up living the only perfect, sinless life. And when it was time, He gathered His followers and taught people about God’s ways, saying, “I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full” (John 10:10). But He was so much more than a great teacher.

Death to Sin

The Bible tells us that God’s Son came to earth so that He could go to the cross. On the cross, Jesus took upon Himself all the sins of the world. That includes every sin you and I have ever committed, as well the sins we’ll commit in the future. For those who believe in and follow Jesus, our sins were nailed to the cross with Him (Colossians 1:14). He was, and is, the eternal sacrifice that guarantees a lasting peace. When we repent and turn to Him, He will forgive us and remove the record of every sin we have ever committed: “You were dead because of your sins... Then God made you alive with Christ, for He forgave all our sins” (Colossians 2:13).

Jesus’ Greatest Miracle

We recall the death of Jesus Christ on “Good Friday.” But we celebrate on Resurrection Sunday: By the power of God, Jesus Christ rose from the dead! Muhammad, the Buddha, and every other religious leader through the ages is dead, buried, and gone. Jesus’ grave is empty, and our deepest yearnings for life, peace, and hope find fulfillment in the empty tomb. When Jesus rose from the dead, he secured eternal and abundant life for His people.

Identified With Him, in Death and Life

Galatians 2:20 says, “I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.” Although we deserved death, it’s as if our death sentence has already been carried out for us by Jesus. Jesus did not come merely to improve us, but to completely remake us. And now we have a brand new life -- His life.

He is the Only Way

Jesus’ disciples asked him, “Show us the way.” He responded, “I AM the way, and the truth, and the life - no one comes to the Father but through Me” (John 14:6). He also said, “You must be born again” (John 3:7).

Do You Have this Life?

You can make Jesus Christ Lord of your life, beginning with a simple prayer of faith. Believe in Him, let Him rule your life, and become a child of God: Dear Jesus, I believe that You have made it possible for me to live a new, godly life. Thank You for paying the penalty for my sins with Your death on the cross. Please forgive my sins and teach me to live for You. Thank You for Your resurrection; I believe You are alive, and I accept Your new life, power, and hope, for my trust is now in You. Amen.

No human effort or sacrifice can guarantee lasting peace. Jesus Christ paid for God’s eternal freedom, lasting peace, and justice and mercy with His blood. Hope for a better world -- and eternal life to come -- comes from God alone.

Pray this week:

To thank God for the Resurrection of Jesus Christ and the eternal life offer through Him.

The world tells us that there are many ways to salvation, but what does the Bible say about that? Jesus Himself said, 'I Am the Resurrection and the Life, and no one comes to God except through me'. Have you come to Jesus? Tell someone about how you came to Jesus.

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