Grow Deep - Anchored Hope Edition Week 2
Week 2: April 21-27
Anchored Hope That Will Not Disappoint
Memory Verse: “He is not here; He has risen, just as He said. Come and see the place where He lay.” Matthew 28:6
How many things today carry a lifetime guarantee? When I was ready to buy a new car, there was a car dealership that billed itself as “The home of the lifetime warranty.” Really? Most auto brands back in 2010 were only offering 50,000-mile warranties with a few offering 10-year/100,000-mile warranties. But a lifetime warranty? Well, it turns out that if I followed the regular required maintenance schedule and had all my work done by the dealer, the power train would be guaranteed for as long as I owned the car. Most people keep a car for five to six years, so that, in effect, would be the “lifetime” of their warranty. But I still have my car nine years later—and I plan to drive it until it falls apart. I have told people, “This is the last car I will ever buy.” When my regular 10-year warranty expires, I will still have the lifetime power train warranty. That fact gives me some confidence.
At the time of your birth, you carried a lifetime warranty: your body would last until you died. But there’s more— we all have a “beyond our lifetime” warranty. You see, the soul is immortal. Everyone who is born will live forever. So the question becomes: “Where?” For believers, the answer is in the sure, anchored hope of the resurrection on Easter. The fact that Jesus rose from the dead is our guarantee of life beyond the grave with Him forever.
Warranties can fail, expire and disappoint us. In the same way, hope anchored in human resources can fail and disappoint us. But hope anchored in Jesus will never fail us nor will it ever expire! Read, reflect and look for the sure, anchored hope in Jesus that will never disappoint!
Sunday, April 21
Read: Luke 24:1-12
The women who went to the tomb were shocked to find that Jesus was not there. They were eager to go and tell the disciples the good news. The disciples, however, did not believe them.
Reflect: Have you ever been told something that you thought was just not possible? How long did it take the news to sink in? As a Christian, the resurrection is a fact. How can you share the importance of this incredible event with those you know who may, like the apostles, think it is nonsense?
Monday, April 22
Read: Hebrews 6:16-20
Abraham (Genesis 14) knew King Melchizedek of Salem in two roles: as the king over his people and as the High Priest of the Most High God who served as mediator between God and the people. The resurrection of Jesus confirmed that God the Father made Jesus both our King and our High Priest.
Reflect: Thinking of Jesus as your king, how do you relate to Him? Thinking of Jesus as your mediator with God the Father, how do you relate to Him? How do these two roles serve to anchor your soul to Jesus— to keep you from drifting away from Him? How can you share the stability of your life in Christ with others?
Tuesday, April 23
Read: Job 19:23-27
What a statement of faith! It would be more than a thousand years before the Redeemer would be born, but Job knew Him as a living person. The resurrection guarantees that you, too, will see Jesus.
Reflect: How important is it that you will see Jesus with your own real eyes and not just “spiritually”? What is the guarantee that comes with that knowledge?
Wednesday, April 24
Read: Romans 5:1-5
Very few of us will ever suffer as Christ did for us. Still, we have all suffered in some way. Paul recites what suffering produces in the life of a believer in these verses.
Reflect: How has suffering in your life produced perseverance, character and hope? How does the assurance of God’s love mean your hope is not in vain? How does faith in Jesus’ resurrection give you peace and provide you access to God’s grace?
Thursday, April 25
Read: 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18
Early Christians believed the return of Jesus was imminent. So, as some began to die, friends and relatives worried that those who died would not go to heaven because they were not present when Jesus returned. Paul assures them that those who have died will actually rise first.
Reflect: What encouragement do you receive from this description of Christ’s second coming? What comfort does this passage bring as you think of those who have gone before you?
Friday, April 26
Read: 1 Corinthians 15:19-26
When Adam sinned, death resulted. But God had a plan to defeat death— the sacrifice of Christ. And when Jesus rose from the dead, He proved that death was destroyed. The fact that we, too, will be raised to new life is guaranteed by Christ’s resurrection.
Reflect: What does it mean for you that you will also experience resurrection? How can you celebrate this remarkable truth with your family, your friends and fellow Christians?
Saturday, April 27
Read: 1 Corinthians 15:51-57
How will your present physical body change when you “put on immortality”? No one has adequately been able to explain it. It is truly a mystery. But what is certain is that it will happen!
Reflect: How can you express your thanks to God today for what He has planned for you? What type of victory celebration could you plan? How can you involve others in your celebration?