JESUS OUR HOPE

 

JESUS OUR HOPE

 Who is Jesus? He is God, Lord, Savior, Christ, Creator, the Word, the Son of God, the life, the Light, the Lamb of God, the Firstborn,   the head of the church, our high priest and King, our Advocate and mediator, an   Author, a Shepherd, the bread of God and bread of life, and the propitiation for our sins, and .

 What is hope?

“Hope” is used in different ways within God’s word. But for the purposes of this article, we’re talking about the hope we have of salvation.

“Hope” is in things not seen (Rom. 8:24-25). But because of faith, our hope is accompanied by an earnest   expectation (Phil. 1:20).

 Our hope confidently rests in God’s promises, and doesn’t flounder in the uncertainties of mortal life. Therefore   we rejoice in hope because of our confident expectation of eternal life (Rom. 12:12).

  • “. . . hope of eternal life, which God, who cannot lie, promised long ages ago” (Tit. 1:2).
  • “looking for the blessed hope and the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Christ Jesus”
  • (Tit. 2:13).
  • “because of the hope laid up for you in heaven. . . .” (Col. 1:5).
  • “But since we are of the day, let us be sober, having put on the breastplate of faith and love, and as a helmet, the hope of salvation” (1 Th. 5:8).

 Jesus is our hope!
 In a manner of speaking, Jesus is our hope. Without Jesus we’re hopelessly lost. But with Him we’re saved   (Eph. 1:3-12).

  • “Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus according to the commandment of God our Savior, and of Christ Jesus, who is our hope” (1 Tim. 1:1).

  Our hope is in the name of Jesus, meaning our hope rests upon Christ’s authority to give us eternal life,           according to God’s grace.

  • “And in His name the Gentiles will hope” (Matt. 12:21).
  • “And there is salvation in no one else; for there is no other name under heaven that has been given among men by which we must be saved” (Acts 4:12).
  • “Whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus. . . .” (Col. 3:17).

  Jesus sacrificed Himself to become our hope?
 Jesus became our hope when He offered Himself to God as the sacrifice for our sins. By dying on the cross:

  • Jesus tasted death for us, and became the author of our salvation (Heb. 2:9-10).
  • Jesus rendered the devil powerless, freeing us from the fear of death (Heb. 2:14-15).
  • Jesus made propitiation for our sins (Heb. 2:17).

 After Jesus died, He entered the holy place as our high priest, and made atonement for our sins.

 “But when Christ appeared as a high priest of the good things to come, He entered through the greater and     more perfect tabernacle, not made with hands, that is to say, not of this 

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