We Have This Hope

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Hebrews 6:19 says, “We have this hope as an anchor for our lives, safe and secure. It enters the inner sanctuary behind the curtain.” Our entire lives as followers of Christ is based on this hope. The resurrection of Jesus gives us hope there is something beyond this life. Indeed, Paul said if our hope is only in this life, then we should be pitied beyond all men (1 Corinthians 15:19).

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Our hope is not things will get better for us here and now, but all things will be restored to perfection in the future. God created a perfect world and designed everything in it to worship and glorify Him. Our great hope is a return to this state, to live in complete harmony with God and nature. When we have this hope, life becomes worth living.

In this world, it’s easy to lose hope. We see evil, violence, and deceit all around. I don’t know if things have gotten incredibly worse over the last twenty years or if we are now so much more aware of what goes on in the world through the prevalence of media coverage and the internet. I do know this world has grown progressively darker, and the darkness does not look to be abating any time soon. The only hope is the light of Jesus. The good news is we have this hope! We have hope in Jesus because the Bible declares He will return and restore all things to their proper order (Acts 3:21). Since we have this hope, it is our duty to spread such good news throughout the darkness.

If you’ve lost your hope, perhaps it’s because your hope is or has been placed in the wrong things. The hope that is an anchor for our lives is the hope Jesus promised: a new life, an eternal life, life as God intended it to be. Can you imagine a place without sin, evil, hatred, despair, sickness, disease, hunger, thirst, injustice, sadness, or pain? How about a place where lions and lambs lie down beside one another, where skin tone and nationality go unnoticed?  Imagine the most joyful you have ever been; now imagine feeling the same euphoria all day long! We will be in the presence of our Creator, the One who loves us unconditionally with a love purer than we could ever comprehend. We have this hope!

Jesus came to bring life and life to the fullest (John 10:10). It can be hard to believe such a thing when we are focused on this world today, but Jesus does not lie. He will deliver us into this abundant life. We need only persevere and not lose faith. Beauty and perfection are coming. This world and everything in it will be restored to their rightful order and place. Best of all, we will get to dwell eternally in this beautiful place. We will spend eternity in the presence of our God and King. We will see Jesus, walk with Him, talk with Him, marvel at Him. We have this hope. Go and share it with those who do not.