A Joyful expectation in every season
“You may say I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one. I hope someday you’ll join us and the world will live as one.”
– John Lennon (The Beatles)
The world is in a desperate need of Hope.
Hope: A confident expectation and desire for a particular thing to happen for the good.
Hebrews 6:19-20 (NIV) – 16We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure. It enters the inner sanctuary behind the curtain, 20where our forerunner, Jesus has entered on our behalf. He has become a high priest forever, in the order of Melchizedek.
There’s a familiar saying: “Where there is life there is Hope.” (That is very true; however the opposite is also true) “Where there is Hope, there is life.”
Hopelessness is one of the saddest conditions in human experience
Uncounted millions in our world today are hopeless people.
But thanks be to God we do not need to be hopeless!
There is a hope which sets us free from the limitations and restrictions of this world – from:
The petty concerns and worries
Our own inadequacies, our inabilities, our weaknesses and frustrations
Genuine hope as presented in scriptures gives you a complete new outlook on life.
1 Corinthians 13:13 (NLT) – Three things will last forever-faith, hope and love-and the greatest of these is love.
Much of what we go through in our life comes and goes
But the bible teaches us that these three things will remain:
We have heard many sermons on Faith and Love but so much has been shared on Hope
The important point is, Hope is the reality that is necessary to maintain both Faith and Love
Unless we have Hope our Faith will leak out and our Love will fail
Hope is essential to living the fullness of the Christ life.
What exactly did the “Fullness of the Christian life” look like in the early church?
1 Thessalonians 1:2-4 (NIV) – 2We always thank God for all of you and continually mention you in our prayers. 3We remember before our God and Father your work produced by faith, your labor prompted by love and your endurance inspired by hope in our Lord Jesus Christ. 4For we know, brothers and sisters loved by God, that he has chosen you.
What did Paul see in these Thessalonian Christians that confirmed they were chosen of God?
He saw these three realities in their lives: Faith, Love and Hope
a. Their work of faith
b. Their labour of love
c. Their endurance / steadfastness of hope
Work – Is about a faith that works
Labour – is the way the work of faith is done in love
Hope – gives the strength to endure when faith is being tested. Hope makes us courageous
Without hope which is connected to steadfastness, endurance, perseverance we will easily lose the benefits of faith and love
How does Hope come? How may we have this kind of hope which is real and so necessary?
The answer is that hope is a direct outcome of being born again by the Holy Spirit though faith in Jesus Christ.
It’s not through just general faith in Jesus Christ, but rather a specific faith in His death, burial and resurrection.
1 Peter 1:3 (NIV) – Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.
Without the resurrection of Jesus life would be HOPELESS.
1 Peter 1:13 (Amp) – So prepare you minds for action, be completely sober [in spirit-steadfast, self-disciplined, spiritually and morally alert], fix your hope completely on the grace [of God] that is coming to you when Jesus Christ is revealed.
Notice: The process of Salvation is not yet complete until Jesus is revealed.
We must in the mean time fix our Hope completely on that future event.
Hebrews 3:6 (Amp) – But Christ is faithful as a Son over His [Father’s] house. And we are His house if we hold fast our confidence and sense of triumph in our hope [in Christ].
We cannot give up Hoping!
We must as Hebrews says: “Hold fast our confidence and sense of triumph in our hope until the end.”