“For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope.” Romans 15:4
“But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him.” Romans 5:8, 9
“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.” I Peter 1:3
“Which hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and stedfast, and which entereth into that within the veil.” Hebrews 6:19
“Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ.” Titus 2:13
“That being justified by his grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life.” Titus 3:7
“By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience; And patience, experience; and experience, hope: And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.” Romans 5:2-5
I shudder to think how unfortunate it would be for everyone on this planet if Jesus had not come to take our place on the cross. I shudder to think that He could have been overcome by Satan during His time on this earth. Satan is cruel to us; but he is not as cruel to us as he was to our Lord. Just one slip or just one sin and Satan would have gotten the victory over our Savior. Satan worked so hard with hardships, trials and heartless people to get Jesus to give up and sin.
Because it was so difficult for our Lord during His time on this earth, He could have washed His hands of us and gone back to heaven and left us completely in the hands of Satan. Instead He stayed with us, and I am so glad that He did. He showered us with love during His time on this earth, and then He took our place on the cross. Now, we can have eternal life because He completed the work He and His Father planned for us. “According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love.” Ephesians 1:4 “In hope of eternal life, which God, that cannot lie, promised before the world began.” Titus 1:2
Jesus chose to come to this earth to save us. He did not have to. What unbelievable love. You and I will have the privilege of basking in that amazing love throughout eternity.
Jesus was sinless. He was the true lamb without spot or blemish. Only a perfect sacrifice will God except. Jesus was that perfect, spotless sacrifice. “For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.” II Corinthians 5:21 His strength came from His heavenly Father. He knew the scriptures, and He spent much time in prayer. Jesus overcame this world just like we can overcome this world. “These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.” John 16:33 He will give us the victory over this world and its sinful ways. We receive power and strength to let go of our sins through much prayer and Bible study.
Jesus is the blessed hope. He is our only hope. Jesus won the victory at the cross. Satan is doomed, and he knows his time is short.
“And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure.” I John 3:3
“Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.” II Timothy 4:8
“Happy is he that hath the God of Jacob for his help, whose hope is in the LORD his God.” Psalm 146:5
“Blessed is the man that trusteth in the LORD, and whose hope the LORD is.” Jeremiah 17:7
“Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost.” Romans 15:13
“The LORD also shall roar out of Zion, and utter his voice from Jerusalem; and the heavens and the earth shall shake: but the LORD will be the hope of his people, and the strength of the children of Israel.” Joel 3:16
“And we desire that every one of you do shew the same diligence to the full assurance of hope unto the end.” Hebrews 6:11
As Christians, we have so much to hope for and to hope in. We exist in a universe created by a God who loves us “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” John 3:16, a God who redeemed us “Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.” Titus 2:14, a God who hears our prayers “But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly.”Matthew 6:6, a God who intercedes for us “Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them.” Hebrews 7:25, a God who promises never to forsake us “Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.” Hebrews 13:5, a God who promises to raise our bodies from death “Thy dead men shall live, together with my dead body shall they arise. Awake and sing, ye that dwell in dust: for thy dew is as the dew of herbs, and the earth shall cast out the dead.” Isaiah 26:19, and to give us eternal life with Him “In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.” John 14:2, 3
“Hope in God, trust in Him, and rest in His promises.
When the devil comes with his doubts and unbeliefs, shut the door of your heart. Shut your eyes so that you will not dwell upon his hellish shadow. Left them up where they can behold the things which are eternal, and you will have strength every hour. The trial of your faith is much more precious than gold…it makes you valiant to fight the battle of the Lord.”
E. G. White, Our High Calling, p. 86