God has chosen to make known. . . the glorious riches of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.
There are so many words that we’ve cheapened. Hope is one of them.
“I hope I win first place.”
“I hope she says yes.”
“I hope I don’t fail the exam.”
But hope is so much more than wishful thinking. True hope is far more powerful than that.
Hope is trusting that the unseen is better than we can possibly imagine. Hope is knowing that, even in the midst of darkness, our worst pain has a glorious purpose.
The New Living Translation turns the word “hope” into “assurance.” Christ gives us true hope—an assurance—that this life is merely a shadow. There is something glorious that has yet to be revealed.
But beyond just giving us hope, Christ is that hope—that assurance.
As I close in on post #100, I want to take time reflecting on what Christ is.
So, for post #93, Christ is hope.
We have been made right with God because of our faith. Now we have peace with him because of our Lord Jesus Christ. Through faith in Jesus we have received God’s grace. In that grace we stand. We are full of joy because we expect to share in God’s glory.
And that’s not all. We are full of joy even when we suffer. We know that our suffering gives us the strength to go on. The strength to go on produces character. Character produces hope. And hope will never let us down.
~Romans 5.1-5 (NIrV)