Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,
1 Peter 1:3 NIV
In Canada, the Criminal Code contains a mercy power allowing a person convicted of an offence to apply for ministerial review on the grounds of a miscarriage of justice. If satisfied that there is a reasonable basis to conclude that a miscarriage of justice has likely occurred, the Minister may direct a new trial or refer the matter to the court of appeal for a hearing. The Criminal Code provisions are derived from the prerogative of mercy, one of the historical royal prerogatives of the British monarch.
There is mystery to the birth of a baby. Every new life is a miracle, and the look in the eyes of the parents is one of hope and joy. If that is the case in a physical birth, it is even more so when it comes to the new birth that is promised to all who put their faith and trust in Jesus Christ. The apostle speaks to this in 1 Peter 1:3: “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,” The moment we receive Jesus Christ as Saviour by faith, we experience spiritual birth. As we are delivered from the darkness of sin and guilt, and are birthed into the light of eternal life, we experience a hope that only comes through Jesus Christ. I love that Peter calls it a living hope – for the first time in our lives, we are truly alive. Peter says this is all because Jesus, too, is alive. If you’ve never experienced new life in Jesus, put your faith in Him today.
These have been words from the heart.