Our Hope in Jesus {Advent Devotional}

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By Bill McIntyre

 

What I would like to do is to examine hope from three different perspectives:

Hope Established

Hope Maintained

Hope Fulfilled

TODAY LET US LOOK AT:

  1. Hope Established

Hope

Let us look at this word Hope.  Dictionary definition:  ‘A feeling of expectation and desire for a certain thing to happen’.  To split the definition down into two sections we firstly have a desire for a certain thing to happen which is very much the way the world sees hope – as a desire.

Some examples of common usage

Hope against hope: cling to a mere possibility: they were hoping against hope that he would find a way out

Hope for the best: hope for a favourable outcome: I’ll just wait at home and hope for the best

Hope springs eternal (in the human breast): proverb it is human nature always to find fresh cause for optimism

Forlorn Hope: The phrase originally denoted a band of soldiers picked to begin an attack, many of whom would not survive

Hope Chest: a chest containing household linen and clothing stored by a woman in preparation for her marriage:

These examples are very much the worlds view of hope.  There is no certainty in it and it comes down to a situation where some times the hope is fulfilled but more often than not the hope remains unfulfilled.

However if we look at the other half of the definition: An expectation that a certain thing will happen. This is the Biblical perspective: Peter here writes of a sure hope. A hope that holds the future in the present because it is anchored in the past. Peter talks about the hope for God’s salvation and God’s deliverance from sin and death.

This hope is sure because God has already accomplished his salvation when he sent his son to be born in Bethlehem, to die on that cross and to be resurrected from the dead.  The birth, life, death and resurrection of Christ was a life changing reality for Peter and is a life changing reality for all those today who accept the Lord Jesus Christ as their saviour.

Remember, when Jesus died on that cross it was the end of Peter’s hopes at that time – he knew only bitter sorrow for his own denials. But Jesus did not stay dead on Easter morning Peter was told about the empty tomb and ran to see for himself and left in wonder.

When Jesus appeared to the eleven in the room as they ate then Peter’s hope was reborn but now it was a sure hope, a certain hope at the sight of the living Lord.

The birth, life, death and resurrection shows that God has made the Crucified both lord and Christ.

Peter’s living hope is Jesus.  Because of this living hope Peter can say:

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.

The birth, life, death and resurrection of Jesus spells hope for all those who believe in Him because by God’s mercy WE LIVE.

Through his birth our redemption began.

Through His death we have been given New Birth.

Our hope is anchored in the past – Jesus rose.

Our hope remains in the present – Jesus lives.

Our hope is completed in the future – Jesus is coming back or we will go to be with him.

Where is your hope today?

Is it in the world today that will never fulfill the real hope that you have or is it in the risen Lord who came at Christmastime to bring us salvation and eternal life.

I pray that it is in the Lord Jesus Christ because apart from him there is no hope.

 

Comments

  1. Oh yes He is our hope. He gives us a sure hope. I know the world’s view of hope also, and it’s lame compared to the hope of Jesus Christ! Although I did have a hope chest 🙂 and to this day I still have that old trunk my Grandma gave me.

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  2. My hope is definitely in the Lord Jesus Christ – past, present & future! What an amazing hope it is! I appreciate how you compared the worldly view of hope to the true hope. They are so different and only one can give us an inner joy through all our struggles!

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  3. I Love that you dissected the word Hope, because I was actually thinking about this the other day! (Haha, don’t know why my fellow bloggers keep doing that to me, must be God. 😉 )
    Hope isn’t something weak and shaky, a mere longing that is easily discouraged.
    Hope is sure, Hope is Belief and Faith. Hope is something we have with confidence. We need to redefine this, I think. 🙂

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  4. He is our hope!

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  5. Yes, He is my hope in all things. Hope in Jesus is not a fragile thing, a small thread barely holding on, no it’s an anchor that is secure, always.

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  6. Jesus truly is our hope. This is a great reminder this time of year when people focus on family, friends, and gift giving. This helps remind me that Jesus truly is the reason for the season.

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  7. Yes, our hope is so certain because of the truth of who He is. It’s not something that changes because He never changes. Thanks for sharing this!

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  8. Ifeoma Samuel says:

    Jesus is our hope! Christ in us the Hope of Glory…
    Thank you Bill.
    God Bless

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  9. I love this. I love hope. I love hope against all hope!!! That is going to be a blog post of mine soon! Thanks for sharing Christ and writing this devotional for all of us to read!

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  10. It’s wonderful to have hope in Jesus! So comforting and reassuring! I don’t know how the unsaved world can handle life without Him!

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  11. Jesus is the only hope–past, present, and future. Praise God!

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