Hope gets us out of bed in the morning and gives us reason to live another day. Hope keeps us going when the going gets tough. Hope believes real change is possible in our messed up lives.
But true hope is not found in money, or pleasure, or success. It's found in a person named Jesus Christ.
In the Bible, hope is more than "wishful thinking" (like "I hope the Angels make it to the playoffs." Sadly it's too late for that.) Rather, hope means “confidence” or “patient expectation.”
We know for sure Christ is coming back, and that believers will become like Him, because we will see Him as He is (1 John 3:2).
Paul reminds us in Romans 8:24-25 that “In hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what he sees? But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience.”
Jesus Christ is food for the hungry soul. He brings healing to the sick. He offers a home for the lost. He gives hope.
People desperately need hope, and the gospel is the only place they will find it. May each of our churches help people find hope in Jesus.
Photo credit: adamr