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The Lord is our Blessed Hope

Acts 13:28 KJV And though they found no cause of death in him, yet desired they Pilate that he should be slain. 29 And when they had fulfilled all that was written of him, they took him down from the tree, and laid him in a sepulchre. 30 But God raised him from the dead: 31 And he was seen many days of them which came up with him from Galilee to Jerusalem, who are his witnesses unto the people. 32 And we declare unto you glad tidings, how that the promise which was made unto the fathers, 33 God hath fulfilled the same unto us their children, in that he hath raised up Jesus again; as it is also written in the second psalm, Thou art my Son, this day have I begotten thee.

The word of God is hope. It is the believers blessed hope. The word of God is alive and full of power. It is active and effective in our life. The word is our hope and alive because the Word is Christ, God Himself. The above verses are full of fulfilled prophecy. Pilate, the religious, and Satan thought Jesus was dead and would stay dead but they left out God. So many today leave out God believing there is no God, God is dead, God is man made, etc. and they are in this hopeless world with no God and no hope (Ephesians 2:12). That is every person when they are born but this changes for those who believe Jesus is the Son of God, crucified, dead, buried, and resurrected on the third day. 

Ephesians 2:13 KJV But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ.

Earlier in Ephesians 2:4 it says but God and here God says but now. Every believer in Christ was changed, born again, to never be the same because God is faithful to His Word and His Son came to do the will of His Father. 

We owe everything to God -the Father, who sent His Son, God -the Son, who died on the cross, and God-the Holy Spirit who gives us life. It was a very sad day for the disciples and others who endured the loss of the One they had hoped in. We, too, have very hard, difficult and what appears to be hopeless times in our life but we have the One who says:

Psalm 33:18 KJV Behold, the eye of the Lord is upon them that fear him, upon them that hope in his mercy; 19 To deliver their soul from death, and to keep them alive in famine. 20 Our soul waiteth for the Lord: he is our help and our shield. 21 For our heart shall rejoice in him, because we have trusted in his holy name. 22 Let thy mercy, O Lord, be upon us, according as we hope in thee.

Their sorrow turned into rejoicing 3 days later. We also rejoice in the 3rd day promise because we can be sure and confident God is faithful to His Word.

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