Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His great mercy has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, (v.4)
to obtain and inheritance which is imperishable and undefiled and will not fade away, reserved in heaven for you, (v.5)
who are protected by the power of God through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. (1 Peter 1:3-5, NASB)
Easter is a day of joyful celebration of the resurrection of Jesus the Christ from the dead. It focuses our attention on the center of our Christian beliefs that the founder of our faith is alive and sits at the right hand of God the Father Almighty. Easter also call us to share the good news of the Salvation that Jesus achieved on the cross of shame by taking our sins upon Himself and granting us new life. Thus Easter is the cause for our new birth as the children of God, by the power of the Holy Spirit, who are
anointed and appointed to bear witness to God's infinite love, mercy and grace with our own lives.
Easter joy, however contagious it may be, cannot be transmitted from one person to the other. It must be based on something essential to our identity with Jesus the Christ. Namely, there must be genuine and true repentance of sins in order for us to come into right relationship with God. Only those who leave behind their sins at the foot of the cross can know and realize the true meaning of the living hope that the apostle Peter mentions. Only repented sinners can be thankful for the Salvation received through Christ Jesus and come to experience Easter joy. Only repented believers can experience a transformation that lays hold of such living hope that keeps faith alive in the promise of inheritance for eternal life.
The resurrection of Jesus from the dead occasions not only a rebirth to a living hope, but also to
righteousness (1 John 2:29, 3:9, 5:18), love (1 John 4:7), and victory (1 John 5:4)...
That is not to say that those who are reborn will never sin, but it is to say that every time they fall, they will be given the power and grace to rise again. (Barclay) Such living hope is a multifaceted benefit to those who keep faith and covenant with God, and something we need for life. Let us cherish and value the gracious love of God who raised His Son from the dead that through Him we may have life and have it in abundance.
Rev. Louis Medgyesi
Hungarian Reformed Church Page