Christ our Hope
The word hope is often used very loosely. We hope for this or that, more like a wish with no security. When life hurts or disappoints we can feel hopelessness and despair.
But there is good news. God sent Jesus, who was and is the true hope for us all. As a believer in Christ our hope is secure and comes with a favourable and confident expectation. Our hope stands ready in expectation as we wait on God.
Hope for a believer is resting in the truth that everything will be according to God's will, and covered with sufficient grace.
Christ is our living hope, yet we often look past Him, missing out on His presence and power in our daily life.
The angels so beautifully expressed what true hope means when they sang,
"Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom His favour rests".
My prayer for those of you who come here today is found in Romans 15:13.
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.