Because Jesus died on the cross and rose from the dead, I have hope. One of the most precious things we possess in Christ is our eternal hope in God and His power to transform and use us to do His work. Romans 5:1-2 gives us a list of God’s provision that results in hope for us. ” Therefore, since we have been justified by faith (declared not guilt of our sins), we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. 2 Through him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God.” Our hope in Jesus brings us freedom from sin’s guilt and punishment, peace, grace, and joy. Oh! glorious HOPE! This same theme is repeated in 1 Peter 1:21 “Through Christ you have come to trust in God. And you have placed your faith and hope in God because he raised Christ from the dead and gave him great glory.” Because of Christ and His work on the cross, we can know and trust God and our faith in Christ brings Him glory and us HOPE!
Where do you need the HOPE of Christ in your life today? Are you feeling burdened by sin’s guilt? Give it to Jesus with a repentant heart and He will replace that guilt with hope. Are you struggling with doubt or difficult circumstances? Give it to Jesus and He will replace it with peace which He gives freely bringing you hope. (John 14:27) Are you struggling as you feel alone or singled out? Ponder God’s grace, His undeserved favor, and know that He promises His grace is sufficient for all our needs. (2 Corinthians 12:9) His grace will bring you hope. Are you suffering from lack of joy? Ask Jesus to restore the joy of your salvation and those thoughts of eternal rest and refuge with Him will bring you joy. David knew the struggles of life and reminds us in Psalm 43:5 “Why am I discouraged?
Why is my heart so sad?
I will put my hope in God!
I will praise him again—
my Savior and my God!
May you Hope abound as you put your trust in God and firmly place your gaze upon Jesus.
Suggestion: Pass on the hope of Jesus today– forgive someone you have been holding something against, be a voice of peace, calm or joy to someone, or be gracious to someone today (giving them undeserved favor in your eyes). The look of hope you see in their eyes will bring joy to you and give God glory.