Is the hope you have a shifting verb or a steadfast noun? You can hope for many things that may never happen but the Christian hope is an anchor- like noun.
‘We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure. It enters the inner sanctuary behind the curtain, where our forerunner, Jesus, has entered on our behalf’ - Hebrews 6:19-20
To have such a hope without substance would be to pass a verdict without evidence but we are not called to groundless faith, so what is the hope we can have and what is the substance?
‘Outside of the cross of Jesus Christ, there is no hope in this world. That cross and resurrection at the core of the Gospel is the only hope for humanity’ – Ravi Zacharias
Every human being was born and every human being will die but some will die without hope and others with hope because of an empty tomb. Hope all hinges on the resurrection of a physical body – that of Jesus Christ, the Son of God, who joined himself to humanity by taking human flesh so that he could die a physical death for the sin of humanity. Jesus explained to his disciples this is why he came and that he would rise again but they could not understand this when he told them or believe it at first when it happened. If there were still a corpse in a tomb, guarded by soldiers, there would be no hope, no Gospel, no willingness of frightened disciples to follow a corpse to their own crosses and no Church today.
‘After his suffering, he presented himself to them and gave many convincing proofs that he was alive. He appeared to them over a period of forty days’ - Acts 1:3
We know about the angels at the tomb, the folded grave clothes, the inability of Roman and Jewish authorities to provide a corpse despite their best attempts to disprove the resurrection, Jesus appearing in the closed upper room and then to Thomas, and the eating of broiled fish but there were many other convincing proofs we haven’t seen but the early disciples did. They KNEW Jesus was alive and we BELIEVE with them in the risen Jesus.
It is this resurrection of Jesus that is the substance for the hope we can have in our own resurrections – sin and death finally defeated by Christus Victor, our risen Saviour Jesus Christ. God fully vindicated the work of Jesus on the cross by raising his dead corpse and therein lies our hope.
‘The great gift of Easter is hope - Christian hope which makes us have that confidence in God, in his ultimate triumph, and in his goodness and love, which nothing can shake’ – Basil Hume
Are you suffering from any hope ‘killers’ and ‘quenchers’? What you need is hope sharers, givers and boosters! A life of despair lives in a stinking tomb but the life of hope bursts out and cannot be contained by death.
‘The Gospel offers forgiveness for the past, new life for the present, and hope for the future’ – John Sentamu
‘Many believe - and I believe - that I have been designated for this work by God. In spite of my old age, I do not want to give it up; I work out of love for God and I put all my hope in Him’ – Michelangelo
‘Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful’ - Hebrews 10:23
‘Don't give up. Don't lose hope. Don't sell out’ – Christopher Reeve
‘We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope’ – Martin Luther King
- it is Christ in us that is the hope of Glory
- ours is the God of Hope
- it is The Holy Spirit who empowers you with hope of an empty tomb – yours!
‘ May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit’ - Romans 15:13
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