If you were to buy a lottery ticket, which I don’t recommend, you would buy that ticket with the hope of winning the jackpot. Your hope would be based on a very uncertain probability and in order for you to actually win, everyone else would have to lose. So if your “hope” actually came to pass, it would disappoint everyone else who was hoping for the same thing—they would lose, you would win. Everyone else gives up the money they spent on their ticket, so that you can rake in the dough. That is how the world’s version of hope works—it is based on something that is very precarious and shifting, it is based on selfish pursuit.
The hope that Jesus provides is just the opposite of that. This hope is based on One who gave up his very life, that you (and all who would follow Him) could win. He laid down His life, sacrificed Himself, to provide the HOPE that secures your soul.
[box]We have this as a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul, a hope that enters into the inner place behind the curtain, where Jesus has gone as a forerunner on our behalf . . . (Hebrews 6:19–20)[/box]
Jesus went to the cross to secure real and lasting HOPE for you!
There is a measurable difference between the world’s understanding of “hope” and Scriptural hope.
The “hope” our culture offers is based on temporary things:
We hope for the perfect man . . .
We hope for obedient and healthy children
We hope for more money, bigger homes, newer cars, better toys . . .
But the hope that Hebrews 6 is talking about is a HOPE that provides peace, security, and joy . . . even when you don’t nab the perfect man, when you’re diagnosed with a terminal illness, when the “obedient” child grows up to be a prodigal.
“Hebrews 6 Hope” provides courage when the money runs out, when the job is lost, when the husband abandons you.
This hope is worth more than a bigger home, a newer car, toys and cash!
The HOPE that Hebrews 6 is talking about is based on the eternal. This HOPE is sure and steadfast, it anchors us when the temporary is in chaos. This HOPE has moved beyond the things that are seen, temporary stuff, and gone into the secret place . . . the most sacred space—into the Holy of Holies—the dwelling place of God, behind the curtain—that veil that separated the Holy place from God’s presence—this HOPE is provided by what Jesus accomplished on the cross.
This hope is based on the eternal—but it isn’t just a hope for the future, a hope for heaven and the “sweet by and by” but this is a HOPE that effects your life today, it effects the here and now, daily events of your life!
This HOPE is an active reality!
This Hope is: Confident expectation rooted in the reality of the gospel. Settled Certainty based on God’s character and promises.
What This Hope Does:
- Hope births faith, love, and joy (Colossians 1:4–5)
- Hope provides endurance (Hebrews 6:11–12)
- Hope prepares & strengthens you to fulfill God’s purpose for your life (Romans 5)
- Hope shapes your perspective on everything:
- Your perspective of God
- Your perspective of the future
- Your perspective of relationships
- Your perspective of yourself
How do we appropriate the work of HOPE?
Heb. 6:18 tells us: “we have strong encouragement to hold fast to the HOPE set before us.”
We are to . . . Hold fast, SEIZE, GRAB ONTO HOPE!
Today, grab onto hope by trusting in the One who has secured your hope. Take a few moments to read the posts from this past week, they provide some practical help in battling fear. Grab onto hope by believing that God is trustworthy.
[box]So when God desired to show more convincingly to the heirs of the promise the unchangeable character of his purpose, he guaranteed it with an oath, so that by two unchangeable things, in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have fled for refuge might have strong encouragement to hold fast to the hope set before us. We have this as a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul . . .
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