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John Calvin writes:

 “The design of Peter in this Epistle is to exhort the faithful to a denial of the world and a contempt of it, so that being freed from carnal affections and all earthly hindrances, they might with their whole soul aspire after the celestial kingdom of Christ, that being elevated by hope, supported by patience, and fortified by courage and perseverance, they might overcome all kinds of temptations, and pursue this course and practice throughout life.”

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The Lord IS Risen!

Easter truly is the greatest celebration in the Church calendar. It is on this day that we celebrate God’s awe-some triumph over His enemies as put on display in the Resurrection of Jesus the Messiah. Yet, after the day is done the church goes back to business as usual, forgetting the season. I appreciate why it is a season like Advent, Epiphany, and Lent; it did not end on Easter Day but extends to Ascension Day and Pentecost.

Often we get bogged down by our day to day affairs and afflictions; we slip back into depression and pessimism. Yet, it is this season that lets the trumpet blow in the midst of dispair. Christ IS Risen! The LORD is victorious! We live in daily triumph in the midst of thorns and thistles of life. And it is for this reason Peter says that there is a “living hope in the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead” (1 Pt. 1:3).

The Lord IS Risen Indeed!

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