1 Corinthians 13: 7c
We often think of hope as something that we would like to have happen, this hope may or may not come to be. The hope in this scripture is a hope that we believe something will happen and that we are looking with anticipation for it to be accomplished. With this in mind let us look first at the hope Jesus had and then how he gives that same hope to us.
In Acts 2 we have a quote from the Old Testament concerning the hope that Jesus had. His hope included that the father was with him, that his faith would not be shaken, he would rise from the dead, God was directing his life, and that he would be filled with joy that God was with him. We can also add to this hope that God’s word was true. Jesus was not hoping for this to be true but his hope was that he knew it to be so and was looking forward to the end when it would come to pass. He was able to put the cares of this world in the hands of God and waited with anticipation for the fulfillment of God’s word.
Jesus taught his followers that God’s word was true and could be trusted. God’s word would give us forgiveness, salvation, entrance to heaven, what to do, say, where to go. God would also perfect our faith, provide for our needs, and protect our souls from Satan. Jesus also taught his followers not to trust in the government for they come and go according to God’s will. He also taught them that they would have difficult times but God would be with them in those times. Finally Jesus taught his followers that he would come and live in them; so we can say it is no longer I who live but Christ who lives in me.
As we imitate Christ, he gives this same hope he had to us as well. We to will live in the hope with expectation that we will see Christ face to face when we reach our home in heaven.
Are you living in this hope? If you are not, pray that God will increase in you heart that you might become less. It will give you the expectancy of reaching our heavenly home. John said in 1 John 5: 13 that he wrote that we would know we have eternal life.
God bless you as you continue to imitate Christ.