When I see the wonders of God’s creation all around me, I can’t help but feel the JOY of my HOPE in Jesus Christ as my Redeemer. It’s the kind of JOY that makes me want to dance and sing just like David did when he sang his praises to God.
The dictionary defines HOPE as a person or thing in which expectations are centered. For those of us who believe that Jesus Christ died for our sins, we have the HOPE of Jesus as that person.
Christ is the actual object of the believer’s HOPE, because it is in his second coming that the hope of glory will be fulfilled (1 Tim. 1:1; Col. 1:27; Titus 2:13). It is spoken of as “lively”, i.e., a living HOPE, a HOPE not frail and perishable, but having a perennial life (1 Pet. 1:3).¹
Our ultimate HOPE is in our Savior and Lord Jesus Christ and no one or nothing else. The song “Jesus Reigns” by New Life Worship Desperation Band is a wonderful way to sing our praise and worship to our Savior. As you listen to this song, think about the Truth found in these Bible passages:
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
who according to His abundant mercy has begotten us again
to a living HOPE through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead…
—1 Peter 1:3
6 Then I heard again what sounded like the shout of a vast crowd
or the roar of mighty ocean waves
or the crash of loud thunder:
“Praise the Lord!
For the Lord our God, the Almighty, reigns.
7 Let us be glad and REJOICE, and let us give honor to him.
For the time has come for the wedding feast of the Lamb,
and his bride has prepared herself.
8 She has been given the finest of pure white linen to wear.”
For the fine linen represents the good deeds of God’s holy people.
9 Therefore, God elevated him to the place of highest honor
and gave him the name above all other names,
10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow,
in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
11 and every tongue declare that Jesus Christ is Lord,
to the glory of God the Father.
All emphasis in the text above is mine.
¹ M.G. Easton M.A., D.D., Illustrated Bible Dictionary, Third Edition, published by Thomas Nelson, 1897.