Living Hope
Introduction

Introduction

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Intro (2X)

Eb Ab
                          

Verse 1

Eb Bb
How great the   chasm that lay be tween us
Ab Cm Bb
How high the   mountain         I could not   climb
Eb Bb
In despe ration I turned to   Heaven
Ab Bb Eb
And spoke your   name in to the n ight
Ab Eb
Then through the   darkness Your loving   kindness
Cm Bb
Tore through the   shadows of my   soul
Eb Bb
The work is   finished the end is   written
Ab Bb Eb
Jesus   Christ my   living   hope

Verse 2

Eb Bb
Who could i magine so great of   mercy
Ab Cm Bb
What heart could   fathom         such boundless   grace
Eb Bb
The God of   Ages stepped down from g lory
Ab Bb Eb
To wear my   sin and   bear my   shame
Ab Eb
The cross has   spoken I am for given
Cm Bb
The king of   kings calls me his   own
Eb Bb
Beautiful   savior I'm yours for ever
Ab Bb Eb
Jesus   Christ my   living   hope

Chorus (2X)

Ab Eb Bb Cm
Halle lu    -     jah praise the   one who set me   free
Ab Eb Bb Cm
Halle lu    -     jah death has   lost it's grip on   me
Bb Ab Eb
You have   broken every   chain
Bb Cm
There's sal vation in your   name
Bb Ab Bb Eb
Jesus     Christ  my    living     hope

Verse 3

Eb Bb
Then came the   morning that sealed the   promise
Ab Cm Bb
Your buried   body         began to   breathe
Eb Bb
Out of the   silence the roaring   lion
Ab Bb Eb
Declared the   grave has no   claim on   me

Verse 3

Eb Bb
Then came the   morning that sealed the   promise
Ab Cm Bb
Your buried   body         began to   breathe
Eb Bb
Out of the   silence the roaring   lion
Ab Bb Cm Eb/G
Declared the   grave has no   claim on   me            
Ab Bb Eb Eb
Jesus   yours is the   victo     ry                   

Chorus

Ab Eb Bb Cm
Halle lu    -     jah praise the   one who set me   free
Ab Eb Bb Cm
Halle lu    -     jah death has   lost it's grip on   me
Bb Ab Eb
You have   broken every   chain
Bb Cm
There's sal vation in your   name
Bb Ab Bb Eb
Jesus     Christ  my    living     hope

Chorus

Ab Eb Bb Cm
Halle lu    -     jah praise the   one who set me   free
Ab Eb Bb Cm
Halle lu    -     jah death has   lost it's grip on   me
Bb Ab Eb
You have   broken every   chain
Bb Cm
There's sal vation in your   name
Bb Ab Bb Cm Eb/G
Jesus   Christ my   living   hope            

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Ab Bb Cm Eb/G
Jesus   Christ my   living   hope            
Ab Bb Eb
God you   are my   living   hope

Devotional

Living Hope

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By the sweat of your face you will eat bread, till you return to the ground, because from it you were taken; for you are dust, and to dust you shall return.”  (Genesis 3:19)

Death. It’s always been about death. Sin and all of its fallout is horrific, but through whatever dark places the paths of iniquity may twist and turn, they always end at the same place. Death is the defining scourge of human existence. It was God’s judgment upon the very first act of rebellion and the inescapable sentence of punishment toward every transgressor since (Romans 6:23). It is the thought haunting every man as he lies in the solitude of night, and it is the ill which every cult and religion through the ages has tried to cure. We were never meant to die, and so men have groped desperately to evade its inevitability. Yet it mattered not how deep the blood of sacrifices ran or how elaborate the acts of ritual devotion. Each one failed without exception. Death’s tyranny continued unchallenged.  Until Jesus

 

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…” (1 Peter 1:3)

 

In all of the nations of the earth, from all of the centuries since the flaming sword banished Adam and Eve, there is only one Man who faced death and emerged victorious. Jesus laid down His life as the substitutionary sacrifice for our sin, but it was impossible for Him to stay dead (Acts 2:24). Our great High Priest knew no sin. He is holy, innocent, and undefiled and He rose again according to the power of an indestructible life (Hebrews 7:16, 26). He came forth from the grave once and for all, never to die again (Romans 6:9). This is our confidence. This is our hope. It is not merely an intellectual hope. It is not merely an emotional hope. It is not a speculative hope. It is a living hopebecause Jesus actually did it and is alive forevermore!

 

"Therefore, since the children share in flesh and blood, He Himself likewise also partook of the same, that through death he might render powerless him who had the power of death, that is, the devil, and might free those who through fear of death were subject to slavery all their lives.”  (Hebrews 2:14)

 

As those who have been joined to the death and resurrection of Jesus, we have been set free and the grave has no claim on us! We have been born again and sealed with the promise of the Holy Spirit as a guarantee of the redemption of our body (Romans 8:23). Just as Jesus was resurrected, our dust will be raised up imperishable and will be conformed to His glorious body (2 Corinthians 4:14, Philippians 3:21).

 

Let us turn our eyes to the Risen One and behold our victorious King! Let our worship arise as we consider His unique and matchless identity. We will joyfully revel in the hope of His triumph until we see His face.

 

When I saw Him, I fell at His feet like a dead man. And He placed His right hand on me, saying, “Do not be afraid; I am the first and the last, and the living One; and I was dead, and behold, I am alive forevermore, and I have the keys of death and of Hades.  (Revelation 1:17-18)