| Hope Matters
A PERSON can live for 40 days or more without food, only three or four days without water, but you cannot face the next moment without hope. What gets you out of bed on the morning? However miserable you are feeling, if you are doing it, you have hope. You keep on keeping on.
We use the word 'hope', of course in different ways. I hope it will be fine tomorrow; I hope our holiday in the summer will be fine; that my lottery number will come up.
| Hope and certainty
But hope is not certainty. What if your hope were a certainty? Not something you are dreaming about, but something you can bank on? This is how the New Testament in the bible uses the word. It is a future certainty, not a mere wish or possibility.
| Hope that lasts
Christian hope is in Christ. It is called the hope of the gospel, the hope of salvation, a hope laid up in heaven. It is described as an anchor in heaven - if you are attached to it, you are secure for ever. Christians are described as resting on the hope of eternal life, and waiting for their blessed hope - the return of Jesus to this earth to complete salvation and judge the world.
The Bible warns us not to set our hearts on uncertain things like riches. In other words, the Christian hope is beyond space (this world) and beyond time (history). It is rooted in Jesus Chrsit and means that whatever the ups and downs of this life, the Christian has a joyous eternity to look forward to.
| Hope based on
Is this all just pie in the sky? Not at all. The Christian can give a reason for his or her hope. It is a reasonable hope. It is based on the person of Jesus, the Son of God, his death on a cross for the sins of the world, and his resurrection from the dead. Because he rose, you can trust God's promise that those who have faith in him will rise too.
A well know hymn says: My hope is built on nothing less Than Jesus' blood and righteousness.
| Hope that helps
It gives a wonderful stability to life to be sure of what you hope for, a hope beyond this life, beyond what rots, decays, rusts, devalues or gets broken, lost or stolen. You will suffer chances and changes in this world, but your anchor keeps you secure in the storms of life.
What is your hope? Is it sure? Is it certain? Or is it only in this world, perhaps in the uncertainty of riches and what they can buy? Such hope means little.
Christ is the only hope you can rely on for this life and the next.
Pastor, Welwyn Evangelical Church
For Bible references see: Romans 15:13; 1 Corinthians 15:19; Colossians 1:5,23,27; 1 Thessalonians 5:8; 1 Timothy 1:1; 6:17; Titus 1:2; 2:13; Hebrews 6:19; 1 Peter 3:15.