Christ Jesus Our Hope
I don’t know if you’ve ever thought much about it but people need hope. We all do! We need to see where we’re headed. We need to have an idea about where we’re going. When ministering to others, realize they need to hear that there’s hope and see that hope in their lives. When we are ministering in a church or another ministry, that organization needs to hear and see hope. Hope is what motivates us. We have hope for a new life, a better life, a changed life.
Hope is what keeps us grounded and on purpose. Hebrews 6:19 say, “We have this sure and steadfast anchor of the soul, hope that enters into the place behind the curtain.” We, as believers in and followers of Christ, have this hope of living in the presence, promises and power of God. That’s amazing. This life is our through Jesus Christ our hope.
What is the hope that we have in Jesus Christ?
(1) We have the hope of being loved.
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life
A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another.
As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Abide in my love. If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and abide in his love. Jn 15:9-10
(2) We have the hope of being forgiven.
And you, child, will be called the prophet of the Most High; for you will go before the Lord to prepare his ways, to give knowledge of salvation to his people in the forgiveness of their sins, Luk 1:76-77
In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace,
(3) We have the hope of salvation
For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. Rom 1:16
For God has not destined us for wrath, but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ, 1Th 5:9
(4) We have the hope of security
“I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you. Jn 14:18
For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.
(5) We have the hope of answered prayer
Whatever you ask in my name, this I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask me anything in my name, I will do it. Jn 14:13-14
(6) We have the hope of victory
But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. 1Co 15:57
(7) We have the hope of restoration
And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you. 1Pe 5:10
For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of his cross. Col 1:19-20
(8) We have the hope of God’s power
Behold, I have given you authority to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall hurt you. Luk 10:19
(9) We have the hope of knowledge
But solid food is for the mature, for those who have their powers of discernment trained by constant practice to distinguish good from evil. Heb 5:14
(10) We have the hope of life
Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life. He does not come into judgment, but has passed from death to life. Jn 5:24
Here’s the question. How do you communicate “hope” personally and professionally?