Summary: An Easter Message of Hope from 1 Peter 1

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1 Peter1:3-4

April 5, 2015

How would you answer this question? Who was the most successful defense attorney in the world? F. Lee Bailey? Well, he was disbarred. How about the famous, Johnnie Cochran? Nope! Believe it or not, there’s an authoritative source on this: the Guiness Book of World Records. The Guiness Book states the most successful lawyer was ~

Sir Lionel Luckhoo. According to Guiness, Luckhoo, had 245 consecutive murder acquittals.

That’s an astonishing feat that nobody in the world has come close to duplicating -- 245 murder trials in a row, either won before a jury or on appeal. He's a real life Perry Mason! He was so good that he was knighted twice by Queen Elizabeth.

He would have to be a very intelligent man with great analytical skills. He'd have to be a world class expert on what constitutes reliable, admissible, and persuasive evidence. Luckhoo was a nominal Christian for most of his life. When he was 64, he embraced a relationship with Jesus as his Lord and Savior.

During his own spiritual journey Luckhoo took his expertise in law and combed through the evidence to see if the resurrection of Jesus stood the test of legal evidence. This was his conclusion: “I have spent more than 42 years as a defense trial lawyer appearing in many parts of the world. I have been fortunate to secure a number of successes in jury trials and I say unequivocally the evidence for the Resurrection of Jesus Christ is so overwhelming that it compels acceptance by proof which leaves absolutely no room for doubt.”

That’s an amazing conclusion. Of course our everyday experience tells us that pigs don’t talk, regardless of the movie Babe; dogs don’t play soccer and baseball and basketball, like the Air Bud movies; and dead people don’t spring back to life. And yet here’s the most successful attorney in the world using evidence to the case of the resurrection and concluding with absolute confidence that the resurrection is reality. Then Luckhoo did the most logical thing he could do: he gave his life to Christ.

No writer in the New Testament captures so fully, in one short sentence, the hope of Easter than the Apostle Peter. In 1 Peter 1:3-4, he wrote ~

3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to His great mercy, He has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,

4 to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you,

Peter starts with praise. He's praising God because we have “a living hope.” Peter had experienced that in his own life. The death of Jesus had to be agonizing for Peter. He boasted he wouldn't leave or abandon Jesus. He meant well, but he failed miserably. When the moment came, a little girl's question melted all his bravado, and he denied Jesus. The hope of the apostles was destroyed by the death of Jesus, and in Peter's case – there was the added shame and disgrace of his own denial.

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