He made us in His own image. He sent His son to atone for your sins and mine. He is reaching out to each of us, offering His mercy and forgiveness to all who repent. He said in Matthew 11:28-29: "Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls."
Our ultimate hope is in Jesus Christ, who conquered death and opens to us the glories of Heaven. God's offer of salvation through His Son is why a Christian can always have hope in the future. No matter how bleak the world gets or a person’s situation may be, God invites us to a glory that has no end. Reach out to His outstretched hand of forgiveness.
Jesus is our Hope. Hope is a certainty that has yet to be fulfilled. Hope frames an attitude of the heart for that which still awaits fulfillment. It’s an anticipation of a fuller reality that we’ve yet to experience.
Hope, consequently, nourishes the heart by anticipating what Christ has promised in the gospel. Hope carries us through trials. Hope prepares us for facing death.
Hope sustains every generation of Christians through the uncertainties of living in a fallen world. The anticipation of hope that Paul gives in 1 Corinthians centers on the bodily resurrection.
Many people need restoration after lifelong heartbreak and brokenness.
Wounds go deep, some try to repress the hurt, never allowing their emotions to surface because they are too painful to face.
Even Christians bury their struggles and hide behind Bible study or service, pressing on in spite of their pain.
Jesus did not promise anyone a pain-free life, but he does promise that we can be restored to abundant life. John tells us, “The Spirit who lives in you is greater than the spirit who lives in the world” (1 John 4:4). We have been given authority by the Holy Spirit who lives within us and we are to call on that authority as we face our enemies.
For any wounded brother or sister, the Bible speaks one command more than any other: “Fear not.” Could it be because God knows we will have fearful events in our lives that can make us want to shrink back.