We hear the words “hope” being used often. We hope for this. We hope for that. But what is HOPE really?
Hope is “An Anchor for our Souls”
God did this so that, by two unchangeable things in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have fled to take hold of the hope set before us may be greatly encouraged. We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure. It enters the inner sanctuary behind the curtain, (Hebrews 6:18-19 NIV)
Jer 29:11 Also talks of HOPE being a help through difficult years
What hope is NOT
There is a Chinese parable of man in boat accidentally drop sword in water. Marked spot where sword dropped… on the side of the boat. Needless to say it is a silly action & the sword was lost forever.
Likewise, many Christians put their hope on own works – like the parable above.
Cliches sounds nice, but it is not real hope.
Hope is not flimsy.
The Bible IS a book of HOPE
- Abraham – hope of descendants
- Exodus – hope of freedom
- David – hope of kingship
- Prophets – hope of a Messiah
- Jesus – hope of glory
- Apostles – hope of resurrection
- Church (Epistles) – hope of Christ’s return
- Israel – hope of Christ’s rule on earth
Q: Which book has the most reference of hope?
A: Job, a book on suffering
Our past & sorry state
“… remember that at that time you were separate from Christ, excluded from citizenship in Israel and foreigners to the covenants of the promise, without hope and without God in the world.” (Ephesians 2:12 NIV)
Our state in HOPE
“But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far away have been brought near by the blood of Christ.” (Ephesians 2:13 NIV)
REAL HOPE is built on nothing less… than Jesus’ blood & righteousness.
Jesus is the anchor for your soul.
The DANGER of losing Hope
We must pay the most careful attention, therefore, to what we have heard, so that we do not drift away. (Hebrews 2:1 NIV)
Hold on to the Word of God, hold on to Jesus. Whatever people say, do not let go.
Put on hope as a helmet.
But since we belong to the day, let us be sober, putting on faith and love as a breastplate, and the hope of salvation as a helmet. (1 Thessalonians 5:8 NIV)
The Lord is good to those whose hope is in him. From Lamentations, the saddest book in the bible written by Jeremiah who wrote the book with tears.
The Lord is good to those whose hope is in him, to the one who seeks him; (Lamentations 3:25 NIV)
Christ in you = Our hope in glory
To them God has chosen to make known among the Gentiles the glorious riches of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory. (Colossians 1:27 NIV)
“With Christ in the vessel as the Anchor, we can smile at the storm…”
Christ the first fruit (like a tree with first fruits blooming for the very 1st time with only a few fruits… Then suddenly the entire orchard blooms with a great harvest of fruits)
Video: In Christ Alone by Owl City
Till He returns
Or calls me home
Here in the power of Christ I’ll stand…
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