Hope is our topic this month at CSAHM. Today I’d like to focus on our future hope and what it does for us in the present.
This month we celebrate Jesus’ death and resurrection. It’s the most important holiday on the Christian calendar. Without the cross, we would still be lost in our sins. And without the resurrection, we’d have no hope of an eternity with Christ.
“For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we will certainly also be united with him in a resurrection like his.” Romans 6:5
Each day in this sin-stained world we face challenges, trials, illness, and pain. These trials are stumbling blocks to many. People in our world fear the winds of change, the rise and fall of governments, and the spread of illness and disease. But for those of us who know Christ as their Savior, these trials cannot destroy us. Because of Jesus, we can stand secure no matter the circumstances surrounding us.
The solid ground we stand on is the hope purchased for us by our Savior’s blood.
It’s because of this hope that we know something better awaits. This world is not all there is. Heaven is our home. It is this future in eternity which gives us the hope to carry on in the present. It’s the reason why our Savior could walk the road to Calvary, because He knew what it would accomplish for us (Hebrews 12:2). It’s the reason why as Christian’s we can suffer while at the same time have joy, because we know what lies ahead.
“Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God.” Colossians 3:2
If we struggle with health problems in this life, we look forward to complete wholeness in eternity. If finances are always a struggle in this life, we can look forward to riches beyond measure in our Father’s house. When sins and temptations make us fall, we get back up because we know that sin is not our destiny.
We know that one day, all tears will be wiped away (Revelation 21). We know that one day, there will be no more pain. We know that one day, we will see our Savior face to face. And because of Jesus, we have this confidence that we will be there to see it happen. Because of the cross and the stone rolled away, we have been made holy and can stand in the very presence of God. Because the grave could not hold Jesus, His death achieved for us the purpose for which he died–eternal life.
This Easter, let’s celebrate our present joy, rooted in our future hope, secured by Jesus’ death and resurrection in the past.
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