I have been getting ready for my sermon on Sunday and have been thinking about Christian hope.
As a new believer I used to wonder why a more certain work was not used instead of hope. I now see that every use of the word when referring to biblical hope is not a declaration of uncertainty but a declaration of the soundness of the promise and the soundness of the promiser. Great!
I have also been marvelling at the bit in Hebrews 6:19-20 – “We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure. It [hope] enters the inner sanctuary behind the curtain, where Jesus, who went before us, has entered on our behalf.”
Hope is present. We live in a time when many would like to find hope for their future. Jesus offers hope for the future and for the present. Christianity is not about pie-in-the-sky when you die, it is about steak on your plate while you wait. It is about living differently because of hope.
This bible sort of Hope is also future. Like a rope that stretches from the now to the then. The other end of our hope is in the future, in another place. Wow!
I have enjoyed studying it.