"For we are saved by hope: but hope that is seen is not hope: for what a man seeth, why doth he yet hope for? But if we hope for that we see not, then do we with patience wait for it."
Don’t bury me in this cemetery! The name seems to imply there is little to no hope for all the dead people who were buried there. But I know that’s just not true.
People use the word “hope” rather loosely these days. If they say, “I hope my car starts,” or “I hope the check comes in the mail today,” they mean that the thing they are hoping for might happen or it might not. It’s not a sure thing either way. But the Christian’s way of thinking is one of radical hope. A believer’s hope is not hope that rests on what man might or might not do. It is based on a solid conviction about what God, and God alone, can and will do.
Because I know the resurrection of Jesus Christ is real, I also know that my future is not in the hands of fate or destiny, or in the hands of a man. It is in God’s hands. I may face sickness, problems on the job, or financial problems — but I know for sure
that God is looking out for me. I have a radical “living hope,” because I have a living Savior.
My living hope for eternal salvation is fixed on Jesus Christ. I know that, although my body will end up buried in a cemetery somewhere one day, I won’t really be there. I’ll be busy singing praises to my Lord and Savior, up in heaven.
Listen to the difference between what the world knows as "hope" and what the Bible tells us about "hope".
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