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, 1Peter 1:3
It is a known fact that hope is a necessary ingredient for the mental and physical wellbeing of any person. Loss of hope results in the journey of life becoming dismal at best, which can often lead to suicidal actions.
Hope, that invisible, non-tangible activity of the mind or heart, communicates to us all a reason to live and function. Hope is looking to an objective reality in life that will bring us to the ‘light at the end of the tunnel.’
For many people, their hopes lay in earthy, material things. It may be wealth, prestige, power, politics, family, religion, marriage, or even happiness.
But all these things will never fully satisfy the hoping heart. The hope for ‘light at the end of the tunnel will always elude them. These things may bring “pleasure for a season” (Heb. 11:25) but will fade and the ‘light at the end of the tunnel’ will never be reached.
The question is how and why is the believer’s hope different than that of the unsaved? The answer is, the genuine Christian is one who has been “born again to a living hope.” In other words, the believer has passed through the hands of the creator a second time by being spiritually born again whereby he/she receives a new heart/mind that now has a new living hope.
And this hope is not for this world or anything in it but is in the resurrected, forever living, Lord Jesus Christ. He is our hope. He is our objective reality in heaven, soon to be revealed bringing true ‘light at the end of the tunnel.’
I like how R.C Sproul puts it: Hope is called the anchor of the soul (Hebrews 6:19), because it gives stability to the Christian life. But hope is not simply a “wish” (I wish that such-and-such would take place); rather, it is that which latches on to the certainty of the promises of the future that God has made. (Grace Quotes)