“And now, O Lord, for what do I wait?
My hope is in you.”
Colossians 1:23, “…if indeed you continue in the faith, grounded and steadfast, and are not moved away from the hope of the gospel…”
Author’s note: It seems no coincidence that this article is reposted on a day that will live in infamy, September 11. Who can ever forget that day when evil terrorists destroyed many innocent Americans in the name of religion and a false god? It changed our world for the worse. People simply cannot be changed for the better from the outside-in. The outworking of religion is dangerous when deception and violence are some of its tenets. Jesus Christ stands in contrast to such a system. He alone offers change from the inside-out. He alone is able to bring good from evil and life from death. This, my friends, is Hope.
There is a Hope that transcends time. One which rises above the short-lived promises of this existence. A Hope that speaks a strong word of encouragement, discipline and strength to those who hold it. This Hope is the image of the invisible God and, though the world is obviously falling apart around its inhabitants, He holds all things together. The yoke that Hope lays upon us, the guiding restraint, is easy in comparison with what legalistic religion offers in this area. Hope’s burden is as light as a feather.
This Hope does not, will not disappoint. No way. For this Hope is not just some temporary promise or idea that is spoken by some earthbound source. This Hope speaks. Our Hope is a person who speaks Life. Death could not and will not defeat Him. Hope has overcome the grave. The real, eternal Hope of the world is God Himself. In His Name, Jesus Christ, is salvation for all who believe. His Name will be exalted above every name in Heaven, on earth, and under the earth so that at the name of Jesus our Hope, every knee will bow and every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord to the glory of God the Father.
To them God willed to make known what are the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles: which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.
As David Crowder sings, “All my Hope is in Jesus”.
And the Hope, who is Jesus, is in me.