Jesus, The Hope of the World

Grace Law

READ : John 16:17-20

When Jesus rose from the dead, He showed what God is like. The disciples did not comprehend all of this at first. Matthew 20:17-19 tells how Jesus predicted His death, and told His disciples that He would rise again from the dead. Yet they still did not fully understand. Even after Jesus rose from the grave and the eleven disciples were told about it, they still found it hard to believe (Luke 24:10-11). They forgot how Jesus told Martha, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies” (John 11:25).

Believing that Jesus lives and is our only hope gives us faith to go on. “Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see” (Heb. 11:1). Believing releases hope as we take God at His word. Hope is the certainty that good things await us even when we cannot see them, because God has given us His promises.

Later on when the disciples saw Jesus alive they were overjoyed (John 20:19). He said, “Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed” (John 20:29). Yes, Jesus is our hope and the hope of the world, and because He lives, we too shall live! Be of good cheer. The best is yet to come.

PRAYER

Dear Lord, we are indeed blessed to have this hope, a living reality, a comfort in sorrow, a strength in time of trial and a joy for the future. In Jesus’ name. Amen.