“My hope is built on nothing less
Than Jesus’ blood and righteousness
I dare not trust the sweetest frame
But wholly lean on Jesus Name.”
–Edward Mote (1797-1874)
Such a short word, but for the Christian, pregnant with promise!
Our hope is alive. This hope is no desperate gasp of a dying man. But rather, ours is a hope quickened by the merciful hand of God, causing us to be born again to a living hope and the assurance of an inheritance that is “imperishable, undefiled and unfading, kept in heaven for you.”
This is no static hope, but a confident movement toward trusting in the promises of God. Our hope joins hands with faith and dances with bold conviction; it is a joyful expectation of things hoped for and not yet seen.
Our hope is tangible. Our fathers in the faith heard Him speak, saw Him with their own eyes, and touched Him with their own hands. They ate with Him, lived life with Him, learned from Him, and prayed with Him. No ethereal hope here. Jesus of Nazereth was a man, though no ordinary man. “The Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen His glory…”
Ours is a hope tethered to eternity. Immense in scope and eternal in perspective, this kind of hope will not disappoint. The hope of Christ is ours today and will ever outlive itself in the ages to come. Lay your dead hope at the foot of the cross and watch Christ breathe into it Life Everlasting. “Do not lose heart…for this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison.”
Our hope is real. Unlike the “water” on a hot asphalt road that is always just out of reach, this hope is no mirage. It quenches real thirst and imparts real life. Those who place their faith in Christ build a foundation of hope upon the bedrock of Gospel Truth. This hope is as solid as the wood of the cross upon which our Savior died.
Oh, Christian, in the economy of Hope you are a very rich man, indeed!.
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope. Romans 15:13
By His Grace and for the Gospel,
Terrie van Baarsel
(1 Peter 1:3; 1 Cor. 15:12-19; Heb. 11:1; John 1:14; 2 Cor. 4:16-18; Col. 1:27)