I have been writing this post from last week… in my head.
And it’s honestly not a procrastination thing. I figure it is because I am still assessing how to balance my time. And I have come to recognize that writing is getting the least attention. And I am seeking to change that.
But anyway! Here we are.
When I first thought of the subject title of this post, I had asked myself one simple question. “What is the reason for my hope?” “Why am I hopeful about my life despite the ups and downs?”
Well, honestly there are several answers to this question. But I could only come up with one… and that is simply, because:
Think about that for a second. Jesus lives.
Isn’t that interesting? That we can say that a man who died over 2000 years ago, rose from the dead and is alive today even as we speak? Having an understanding of life, we know that that is an impossibility. Have you ever heard of anybody rising from the dead?
Thus, that Jesus rose from the dead and is alive today, is the most astounding news in all the history of the world; but I can bet you a nickel that you will not find that written in the guinness book of records!
And that is the reason for my great hope.
Despite the many tribulations, depressing events, heart breaking situations and several reasons for hopelessness, there is one bottom line — Jesus lives.
Whether it rains hailstones, gingerbread, comets, or whatever; in all circumstances, through all situations of life.. Jesus lives.
This is the greatest hope of all.
On the other hand, if I were to observe life from a non-christian lens, then, I would find no purpose for life. (And I do not mean to imply that if you’re not a Christian then you should live a hopelessly or even worse… commit suicide— No!)
What I mean is that, due to the sinful conditions of this world, I find no hope that can come from the world. There is no remedy for this broken world, there is no person who can bring about world peace, unity, understanding and true goodness. There is absolutely no hope!
However, because Jesus lives, I can wake up each day and live in the world. Because He is the only true hope.
Again because He lives, I understand too, that this world is not my home. I am a pilgrim passing-by heading to a city which has foundations, and whose builder and maker is God.
And thus, irrespective of life or death, I am in His hands and He has my whole life in them for all eternity. Therefore, I need not strive, worry, be anxious, try to control outcomes, or manipulate processes because He knows all things, He understands all things and He is control of all things.
As Paul said,
21 For to me, to live is Christ, and to die is gain.
22 But if I live on in the flesh, this will mean fruit from my labor; yet what I shall choose I cannot tell.
23 For I am hard-pressed between the two, having a desire to depart and be with Christ, which is far better.
24 Nevertheless to remain in the flesh is more needful for you.
And I believe that God allows us to live on our lives in the world, so that we may bring glory to His name and to bear fruit for His kingdom. With the purpose of manifesting the light we carry in our hearts because of our faith in Christ, so that those around us may find the same hope that we have found.
13 “You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt loses its flavor, how shall it be seasoned? It is then good for nothing but to be thrown out and trampled underfoot by men.
14 “You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house.16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.
So because Jesus lives, I have a future and a hope that no man can ever take away.
You know that song that goes like…
🎶Because he lives, I can face tomorrow, because he lives… all fear is gone. Because I know He holds my future… and life is worth a living just because He lives.🎶
The same sentiments in this glorious song expressed on this post as the writer of the song came to a similar realization as I did; that, because Jesus lives, all things are now possible.