Jesus is our Hope

Jesus is our Hope

I love the Lord so much. He is so good. Restoring hope to us. Our culture is full of hopelessness, despair, and uncertainty. Jesus brings answers to all that and more when he comes. He is Hope. His presence releases hope. He brought hope to some fishermen as they worked on their nets on the shore of Galilee. (Mark 1:16-20) He didn’t do any signs or wonders for them, he just carried hope onto the beach that day and they were forever changed.
The boys on the road to Emmaus were downcast and distraught because the one they believed to be the Messiah had been crucified. They told the stranger they met on the road all about it. (Luke 24: 13-35) They said, “we had hoped…”  You see, when we fall prey to hopelessness, we cannot see the truth any longer. Jesus stood right in front of them but they were kept from recognizing him. Many in the church today have fallen to the same blindness. Proverbs 13:12 tells us “hope deferred make the heart sick”. Hope deferred, postponed, or drawn out makes one sick, diseased, or weak. Just like these men on the Emmaus road we want to believe, hold on, and trust again, but hopelessness has blinded us to fact that Jesus is working, doing, and fulfilling his promises to us. The disciples thought he would over throw Rome and bring an earthly government. Because they misinterpreted God’s will, they were let down when he didn’t do it their way.  This  “stranger” who is Jesus himself, shows himself to them and instantly hope is restored. As he breaks bread with them, signifying a place of intimacy and communion, their eyes are opened and they see he has been with them all this time.
The answer to the hopelessness in our world is a fresh revelation of Jesus. An encounter with this “stranger” again. Many in ministry today are operating out of hopelessness. We are leaning on methods, programs, and models that do not work. We are gathering people into our churches but not making disciples. We are weary, worn out, and empty of power. Most of what we do has been reduced to “sin maintenance”. Counseling and trying to disciple people that have never been converted. Like running on a treadmill, we are going as fast as we can but not moving. The church, in the west, is in decline. How long will we continue to put on a “happy face” and keep lying to ourselves that this is success?
We desperately need Jesus to walk onto our beach or join us on our road to Emmaus. We must turn back to an intimate relationship with The Hope of the Nations. (Matthew 12:21) When we have him we have hope. All the despair and darkness must flee in his Presence. I encourage you to find time to get alone with God. Lay down your hopelessness as you spend time with him. As you commune with him and he breaks bread with you, your eyes will be opened to see him. Hope will come flooding in.

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