Monday, April 11, 2016

THE GOD OF HOPE

"You now have sorrow," Jesus has told [His disciples], "but I will see you again and your heart will rejoice, and your joy no one will take from you."  (John 16:22)


Never on this earth has there been a time when we haven't needed hope -- but hope is critical when the ones we love the most are about to leave us.  I believe that is why Jesus picked this time to fill His disciples with hope . . .


All of us have felt the emotional pain of saying good-bye to somebody we love.  Perhaps we've lost a job.  Or we've seen the breakup of a home, perhaps even our own.  And the questions in all of our hearts are, "Where do I go?  What do I do?  Where can I find hope?"  We feel as if we have been abandoned at the corner of Hopelessness and Despair.


The good news is that we who know God through His Son, Jesus Christ, don't have to be left at such a desperate corner.  There is an answer, and His name is Jesus.  That's not trite.  It's not merely theological.  It's not just church talk.


It's true.


-- David Jeremiah in Jesus' Final Warning




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