The Reality of Our Hope Is Already Here (Mon. August 23)

The word of the day is “hope.”  We think of hope as our expectation of something good that will happen in the future.  In today’s reading of 1 Corinthians 15:12-19, Paul vigorously defends the basis of our hope in Christ.  It is His glorious resurrection.  Against those in Corinth who were denying the resurrection of believers, the Apostle states, “And if Christ is not risen, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins!  Then also those who have fallen asleep in Christ have perished” (vs. 17-18.)  Today, we will consider that if the basis of our hope is that Christ is risen, then our hope is more than an expectation.  Our hope is also an anticipation. Hope Looks Forward to…