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Hope has a name!

  • Timon 

When our world is upside down, when life goes against the grain, our natural reaction is to hope for the better. In sickness we hope for health, in conflict we hope for peace and reconciliation, in destruction for restoration, in bondage for liberation, in injustice for justice, etc…

But what is this hope based on? If we think about it we will find: this hope is very dependent on the good and bad experiences in our life. We can only hope for the good that we can imagine for ourselves. But what if our imaginations fail? What if we no longer see any light at the end of the tunnel because we’re exhausted, hurt, disappointed, overwhelmed? A hope that depends on earthly things or people won’t get us any further at this point.

But our infallible, unchanging, ever faithful God has sent hope into this world! This hope has a name:

 "Christ in you, the hope of glory" (Col 1:27)!

This hope does not depend on our experience or imagination. Nor does it depend on vaccinations, infrastructure, the environment, democracy or goodwill. Rather, it is rooted in God himself, the same yesterday, today and forever! This hope is firmly based on the fact that Jesus came into our world and fulfilled what was prohpecied about him in all the Scriptures since the creation of the world (Gen 3,15; Lk 24:44). This Advent Season is a fresh opportunitiy to look to this hope again.

"Israel, put your hope in the Lord, for with the Lord is unfailing love and with him is full redemption. He himself will redeem Israel  from all their sins." Psalm 130,7-8

Unlike the worldly hope we saw above, Jesus does not give us hope for an “ideal world” in the here and now. He says, “In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” (Jn 16:33). He directs our hope to the victory he has already won over sin and death. It is the ray of hope for the glory that awaits us one day.

The hope of glory gives us the right perspective for the times we live in. On the one hand, suffering or trouble is part of life. And at the same time, “Christ is in us, the hope of glory”. Christ in us makes us bearers of hope in this world. He is with us through all the ups and downs. He promises: “Surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age” (Mt 28:20). This certainty gives us hope that he wants to work in us and through us every day of our lives. If we let him work, in every season of life, the world will experience a foretaste of his glory.

Hope has a name: Jesus Christ, who came into the world, who is with us by his Spirit, and will return one day in glory. In the words of Romans 15:13 I pray:

"May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit."

Wishing you a blessed Advent season!

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