For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive in the spirit…

—1 Peter 3:18

What difficulties are you facing in your life right now? Do you have challenges in your family or business? Is there a physical or emotional illness?

Well, in the verse above, Peter is saying that regardless of the pain and suffering in our lives, Jesus is the ultimate answer. Peter is describing a conquering Jesus!  

The day Jesus died on the cross, heaven cried and hell celebrated. It was mankind’s darkest day. But it didn’t stay that way. No, Jesus invaded the forces of hell and conquered death. And he now rules and reigns preeminent as Lord and King!

And in those conquering actions, Jesus died not only for your sin, but for your pain and suffering, too. He died and rose again for the wounded, the brokenhearted, the hurting, and for those in pain. He died for all.

Now Jesus wants us to take courage in who he is and what he has done for us. You and I have a Savior who lives. And for that reason, your hope lives, too. Jesus is the living source of our confidence, courage, and faith.

Whatever your challenge today, take heart! Trust in Jesus. There is no greater hope and no greater promise in the world than that which is found in the conquering Jesus. 

YOUR HOPE LIVES, SO TAKE HEART!