We use the word so often when it is something that we want to happen.
“I hope it’s a good game”
“I hope the weather is nice”
“I hope that you have safe trip”
I could keep going but I won’t.
The dictionary definition is a feeling of expectation or desire for a particular thing. So… I guess… we are using it correctly but…
Is that how the word is used in Christianity?
The song we are looking at this week talks about hope, but it talks about hope being found. How can a feeling of expectation or desire be something that is found? The answer comes in the first line of the hymn
“In Christ alone, my hope is found”
Hope within Christianity is a belief in what is to come. Our full reunion with God, because of Christ. Jesus is the reason that all people can have hope. The whole of this song, which is the basis for our dedication service on Friday, is a list of declarations of what can be found in Christ. So many of the themes of the first verse we have already explored throughout the last term.
In Christ alone, my hope is found, he is my light my strength my song, this cornerstone this solid ground. Firm through the fiercest drought and storm. What heights of love, what depths of peace, when fears are stilled, when striving cease. My comforter, my all in all, here in the love of Christ I stand.
There isn’t a huge a huge amount more to be said. In this world we pin our hopes in so many things. Our parents, our teachers, sports players, celebrities, the government. But all of those things change, make mistakes, fail. We get disappointed, because we placed a hope and it let us down.
There is one hope that never changes, will never change, and can be our solid rock. Christ. By putting our hope in Christ we can show hope to the world and to others.
Challenge: what do you put your hope in? How can you share the hope of Christ with others?
Prayer: thank you father for sending your son that we may have hope. May we only place our hope in you. Amen