Utmost Hope!

I read Luke 24 yesterday and saw a connection that I never noticed before. 1 Corinthians 15:1-4 is Paul’s declaration of the gospel. Jesus died for our sins, was buried, and rose again according to the Scriptures.

Verse 5 says, “And that He was seen by Cephas, then by the twelve.” Cephas is another name for Peter. After Peter’s sifting by satan, where he denied the Lord three times, he was the first to see the Lord after His resurrection.

As I read this, my heart was strengthened through hope. It reinforced what I knew. Our trials are an essential part of our progressive sanctification. The progression is found in Romans 5:3-4. It says, “And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; and perseverance, character, and character, hope.”

Verse 5 says that hope does not disappoint. Hebrews 6:19 says, “This hope we have an as anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast, and which enters the Presence behind the veil.”

I set the above backdrop to Luke 24:13-35. It is the account of the two walking on the road to Emmaus when Jesus joined them. Jesus asked them why they were sad. I encourage you to read this passage again. In verse 31 He opened their eyes and they knew Him, but He vanished.

In verse 33 they returned to Jerusalem. Verse 34 they said, “…The Lord is risen indeed, and has appeared to Simon!” As the Holy Spirit connected this for me, hope filled me up like a balloon. What a statement of forgiveness! Our Lord is so compassionate and merciful! His work in a heart is beyond our comprehension!

Do not let anything from your past bring discouragement and defeat. ALL things are possible for the Lord. He brought His precious disciple through satan’s sifting, and honored him as being the first to see Him after His resurrection. Let that rejoice your heart 💜

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