Everybody wants Hope!
Why do people give up? Because they lost Hope!
People do all kinds of crazy or ridiculous things, why?
Because they don't have a real Hope.
There is Hope and there is hope of another kind... Hope is what keeps us going
When we were little our hope was to get lots of presents at Christmas or maybe for our birthday...
and the event came and passed and so did our hope. And off we were chasing our next hope, which of course wasn't hard while we were young, but as we get older, hope gets harder and harder to come by.....and most of us end up rather disapointed or disillusioned.Why is that you may wonder....
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Because all Hope that concerns this life runs out......
This life is short and temporary. At best you will live to a hundred years old, many will die sooner.
And when we die, we cannot take anything with us, so your hopes concerning this life die with you.
Maybe history or family and friends will remember you favorably, if at all, but that will not help you either.
Real and lasting Hope
(everyone needs hope)
For real Hope we have to go back to the source of all Hope, OUR CREATOR.
He is the God of all Hope.
What where we created for? We were created for his glory.
Isaiah 43:7 everyone who is called by My name, and I have created him for My glory; I have formed him; yea, I have made him.
And also what does all his creation long for? For the revealing of the sons of God!
Romans 8:19 for the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the sons of God
And what do God's children long for? To be with their Heavenly Father in Heaven for all eternity!
Philippians 3:20 For our citizenship is in Heaven, from where we also wait for a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ,
When we die, our bodies may die, but our souls are eternal and return to the Creator.
The Soul that sins shall die ( Ezekiel 18:20 ), die for eternity, eternal punishment. ( Romans 6:23 ) Those souls will only get to see their maker at the Judgment day ( Hebrews 9:27 )and will be banished from his presence forever. What awful, terrible punishment, to be cast away from our Creator to suffer eternal torment. And that's what we all deserve, without exception. For we all have sinned and come short of the glory of God, ( Romans 3:23 )everyone of us. Therefore, in our sins, we are dead and without hope, ( Ephesians 2:1-3 )no matter how rich or poor, famous or not so famous we may be. And for all who believe in doing good deeds; we do commend you for doing good deeds, but they cannot make up for your sins or earn you a way into heaven! No way, no how...
So you can definitely make a case that if it wasn't for Jesus Christ, God's only begotten Son, who died on the cross for the sins of the whole world, we would have NO HOPE.
But in fact Christ Jesus came into the world, died for our sins and rose from the dead - therefore
WE HAVE HOPE!
Our sins separated us from God, Jesus death on the cross reconciled us back to our heavenly Father by his grace and now we have a real hope of being with him forever. A hope that goes way beyond this life, to all eternity!
As Believers we have a great and eternal Hope!
A hope that doesn't depend on me or you, doesn't depend on what we did or will do, but we have this hope because of what Jesus Christ has done!
So no matter what your problems are, and believe me we all got problems;
Our Hope in Christ Jesus is way greater!