Good day friends! I pray your week and weekend went well!
You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous person, though for a good person someone might possibly dare to die. But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 4:6-8
In our world today, the word hope gets a bad rap. When people use the word hope, many times there are a lot of question marks and unknowns around their desired outcomes. For example a bride and groom hope for good weather on their wedding day, or an interviewee hopes to be the successful recipient of the job. In each of the cases, hope is used as a verb, an action word. Something that you or I do. We hope for things.
However, in Jesus our hope is not a verb where we need ‘to do’ anything. No. Our hope is a noun. It is an actual reality. Our eternal hope is the reality of all that Jesus accomplished on our behalf: forgiveness, reconciliation with the Father, and the indwelling of the Holy Spirit. In Jesus, our sure and certain hope of life with our great and awesome God has already begun from the moment that the Holy Spirit and his precious gift of faith entered our hearts. Yes, because of God’s love for you, he provided the only way for us to be reunited to Him, now and for eternity. God did it all, for you!
So go in this hope and in the assurance of God’s love for you, no matter what might come your way this day, this week, this month. Yes, always remember and set your sights on knowing that God loves you so much that because of your sin and despite your sin, Christ died for you! Hold fast to this hope in faith until the day both your faith and hope are no longer needed.
Prayer: Dear Jesus, help me to stay steadfast in my eternal hope- the reality that your death and resurrection has paid the full penalty that my sin deserves and that in you I have been reunited with my Heavenly Father, now and for eternity. In your name alone I pray! AMEN!