Posted by Randall Smith

What does the Bible say?  What does the Bible say about hope? We live in a world, where it seems as if all hope is gone. Life for so many has become a life of despair.  But guess what? There is hope, and this hope is revealed to us in God’s Word.

But here’s a question:  Where is our hope? The one and only hope for this corrupt and dying world is Jesus.  The Apostle Paul said in 1 Timothy 1:1, “…(the) Lord Jesus Christ (is) our hope.”  In the Bible we see several people who found hope in Jesus.  Such as, the ragtag fisherman, Peter and Andrew; as well as, James and John.  And then there were others, such as the crooked tax collector, Zacchaeus; the Centurion at the cross; and Saul the persecuting Pharisee.  Are we looking for hope today? If so, where are we searching?  Doctors, counselors, therapy groups, books, medicine, the internet?   Those are helpful, but ultimately they’re all the wrong places.  Jesus is the answer to all of life’s problems. He is the solution to all of life’s ills.  What is it about Jesus that gives us hope?   His past work on the cross gives us hope.  Romans 5:8 says, “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.  And 1 Peter 2:24a says, (Christ) his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness….”  Because of this, we all should be able to sing “My hope is built on nothing less than Jesus’ blood and righteousness.”   His present work In this life also gives us hope.  For example, He is a shepherd who leads, feeds and provides for us.  He is a teacher who teaches us. He is a physician who binds up our wounds.   And He is a High Priest who attends to our spiritual needs.  Then finally, “His future work as promised in His Word gives us hope.”  We have the blessed hope of eternal life.  We have the blessed hope of a glorious home built by God.  We have the blessed hope that Jesus will come and get us one day to take us to our home. And we have the blessed hope of eternal security.  Our ultimate hope is in Jesus and because of what Jesus did.  He died on the cross, but what if He remained dead? If He had remained dead, we’d have no hope.  If He had remained dead, we’d be bound for hell.  But praise the Lord, He didn’t remain dead.  He resurrected! And because He lives, we have hope!   1 Peter 1:3 says, “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.”. Thank God! Because  of Him, we do indeed have hope.

Pastor Randall Smith