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Hope vs No Hope!

“I meet millions who tell me that they feel demoralized by the decay around us. Where is the hope? The hope that each of us has is not in who governs us or what laws are past or what great things we do as a nation. Our hope is in the power of God working through the hearts of people. That’s where our hope is in this country and that’s where our hope is in life.”  Chuck Colson

During a time in my life years ago. Long before I was saved by the grace of God. I was searching for answers and looking for direction for my life. That search saw me go down many dead end roads. Alcohol, drugs, meaningless relationships and various self-help groups. One in particular comes to mind during these days of virus and stress.

Lifespring was one of the dead end roads this lost traveler went down. Without saying anything negative further about this organization I’ll simply say that I found those  involved to be sincere and caring. The trainings brought a short-lived revelation to my confused state. One particular thing that stands out after all these thirty-something years later is the concept put forth that there is “No Hope!” “There is no hope” is a fundamental tenet in the course.

There is no hope! or No hope, as illustrated by a facilitator  kneeling in front of a chair and pleading/begging for help. They taught that praying for help was futile and hopeless practice. In comparison, hope was illustrated as a standing up defiantly against the circumstances of life and proclaiming your victory. Through self-determination and pure grit one could defeat and enemy and overcome any obstacle. This exercise, as was characteristic of their teachings, was very emotionally charged, loud and almost intimidating in its delivery.

Thankfully God doesn’t work through our feelings. He doesn’t rely on our intellect. He doesn’t try to intimidate us or overpower us. He does, however, speak to us in a still small voice. We need only listen.

So, as we look around at this coronavirus pandemic and hear the voices of news broadcasts that calculate the numbers of sick and dead, we can have hope. We can look past the grim forecast by trusting in God and listen for His voice to speak to our hearts.

This is our Hope. The Hope we have is based on the reality of Jesus Christ. His life, death and resurrection are the foundation of our faith and the cornerstone of our hope. Without this foundation we are lost and truly without hope. Standing defiantly shaking our fist at the circumstance of life will not scare them away. Within our own limited ability we can do little but aligned with and trusting in Jesus means anything is possible.

Let’s review! Read this through. Let it sink in. This is our foundation. This is our Hope.

The Resurrection of Christ

15 Now, brothers and sisters, I want to remind you of the gospel I preached to you, which you received and on which you have taken your stand. By this gospel you are saved, if you hold firmly to the word I preached to you. Otherwise, you have believed in vain.

For what I received I passed on to you as of first importancea]”>[a]: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures,and that he appeared to Cephas,b]”>[b] and then to the Twelve. After that, he appeared to more than five hundred of the brothers and sisters at the same time, most of whom are still living, though some have fallen asleep. Then he appeared to James, then to all the apostles, and last of all he appeared to me also, as to one abnormally born.

For I am the least of the apostles and do not even deserve to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God. 10 But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace to me was not without effect. No, I worked harder than all of them—yet not I, but the grace of God that was with me.11 Whether, then, it is I or they, this is what we preach, and this is what you believed.

The Resurrection of the Dead

12 But if it is preached that Christ has been raised from the dead, how can some of you say that there is no resurrection of the dead? 13 If there is no resurrection of the dead, then not even Christ has been raised. 14 And if Christ has not been raised, our preaching is useless and so is your faith. 15 More than that, we are then found to be false witnesses about God, for we have testified about God that he raised Christ from the dead. But he did not raise him if in fact the dead are not raised. 16 For if the dead are not raised, then Christ has not been raised either. 17 And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins. 18 Then those also who have fallen asleep in Christ are lost. 19 If only for this life we have hope in Christ, we are of all people most to be pitied.

20 But Christ has indeed been raised from the dead,the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep. 21 For since death came through a man, the resurrection of the dead comes also through a man. 22 For as in Adam all die, so in Christ all will be made alive. 23 But each in turn: Christ, the firstfruits; then, when he comes, those who belong to him. 24 Then the end will come, when he hands over the kingdom to God the Father after he has destroyed all dominion, authority and power. 25 For he must reign until he has put all his enemies under his feet. 26 The last enemy to be destroyed is death. 27 For he “has put everything under his feet.”c]”>[c] Now when it says that “everything” has been put under him, it is clear that this does not include God himself, who put everything under Christ. 

1 Corinthians 15; 1-27 NIV

I am unapologetic for my opinion regarding the reality of Jesus Christ, God’s unending Love towards us and the infallibility of The word of God. My prayer is that you be encouraged by His Love now more than ever. Be Blessed A&B

Good Friday. Really?

As Holy week continues we come to Good Friday.

    Ever wonder why it’s called “Good Friday”? I used to. Years ago, when I was young, I would look at the suffering and death of that day and wonder why call it “Good”? What could possible be consider good about the punches and whipping and torture endured in one day? The Bible tells us that Our Lord was abused far beyond any cinematic representation (except for possibly Mel Gibson The Passion).  The word tells us that they yanked out  fistfuls of Jesus’ beard and with it pieces of flesh. The whip they used wasn’t just strands of leather as we might see today. It had shards of metal (sometimes bones) braided onto it at the ends and would not just hit the surface of the skin but would dig into and rip off pieces of the flesh. Add to this list of abuses the punches of the soldiers as they mocked Him as well as the crown of thorns they placed on Him and the weight of the cross He had to carry threw the streets and we see an unimaginable amount of pain and suffering even before being nailed to a cross for hours and left to die.

Good Friday. Really?

Savior on the CrossCrucifixion was not a punishment that originated with the Jews or their judicial laws. Crucifixion was a brutal form of punishment that was common among the Romans. The Romans chose this mode of capital punishment to put fear in everyone who would stand against Rome and Roman laws. The Romans would choose a popular place in clear view, lest anyone else violate Roman law. Once the condemned prisoner was scourged he was brought naked to his cross beam, which he would carry publicly to the place of execution. Nails would then be pounded into his hands and feet and he would be raised up to an upright position, usually around 10 feet above ground. To hasten a prisoner’s death the Roman soldier would break the prisoner’s legs with an iron club. (Thanks to Bible-history.com)

Good Friday. Really?

Yes. Yes, it really was Good Friday!

Pilate therefore said to Him, “Are You a king then?” Jesus answered, “You say rightly that I am a king. For this cause I was born, and for this cause I have come into the world, that I should bear witness to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth hears My voice.”  John 18:37 NKJV

For this cause

“the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost.” Luke 19:9 NKJV

For this cause

 From that time Jesus began to show to His disciples that He must go to Jerusalem,and suffer many things from the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and be raised the third day Matthew 16:21 NKJV

For this cause

“Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!John 1:29 NKJV

For this cause

He said, It is finished! And bowing His head, He gave up His spirit. John 19:30 NKJV

For this cause it is Good Friday indeed. Without the Life Death and Resurrection of our Lord Jesus we would all be left in our sins struggling to be free without hope or possibility of freedom.

His humiliation, His pain, His suffering, His death.

were all meant for ME!

I sinned, I rebelled, I acted out.

but He loved me.

and died

so I

might Live!

Jesus said, “I am the resurrection and the life.

He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live”. John 11:25 NKJV

It is a Good Friday indeed and I pray that all of us everywhere take a moment to day to Thank God for the Gift of his Son Jesus and Thank Jesus for taking our place on that cross and lastly, tell someone about the beauty of this Good Friday and how Jesus took their place!