Hope is one of the greatest themes of humanity. Seen throughout history, immortalised in film, and present in the background of every day, hope drives us onward. But what do we hope for exactly?
Just thinking of the last few times I have heard others speak about hope, these things come to mind; we hope for healing, salvation, redemption, a new future, a new world, a better life. Hope keeps us fighting through tough situations because it believes that we will be rescued and brought to a better place.
Now, let me tell you what I hope for or rather, where my hope comes from.
[Romans 15:13] – “Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”
Jesus, bound on the cross, took every struggle, sin and sorrow upon Himself. He is the great High Priest who has once and for all, restored us to relationship with God, and given us salvation with eternal life.
What do I hope for? It is eternity with my God who loves us so much that He gave His only son for us.
Who do I hope in? His name is Jesus, the Son of God and I believe that He is my Saviour.
What does this hope accomplish in my life? Every day, I have joy and peace, irregardless of my circumstances because of the knowledge that Christ loves me, died for me and has given me life in Him. Every day, I push on knowing that the kingdom of God is at hand, and that He is faithful. Every day, I have the assurance that I will overcome in Christ.
[Hebrews 11:1] says,
“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”
Other translations say that faith is the “assurance” of things hoped for. We not only hope, but our hope is assured. Through faith, we know that the promises of God for salvation and eternal life are true so, our hope is not false hope, but we can be certain of it.
The hope we find at the cross, in the blood of Jesus, is true hope. It is true because it comes from God whose word never fails. It is true because its premise, that God loves us and makes a way for our restoration, is demonstrated through His sending Jesus to the cross. It is true because we can see its effects of joy and peace in our everyday lives. It is true, because the Holy Spirit assures us of this hope every day.
What do you hope for? Where will you find the answer to your hope?
For me, the answer is simple; Christ is my hope for eternity.