Hebrews 6:19, “This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast”
Titus 2:13, “… looking for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ”
The story has been told of a Christian couple who had finished their vacation in Jamaica and was trying to get back home. However, the airline was having problems. No matter what it said on their ticket, the reality was that they couldn’t leave Montego Bay! Over and over they heard, “Their flight has been canceled.” Even though they had purchased their tickets in good faith, the airline couldn’t back up its promise to transport them to the United States that day. The tickets they trusted to get them back home got them nowhere. The couple ended up staying an extra day before boarding a plane that could actually take them home. Eventually the airline got them where the ticket had promised to take them. It was a brief inconvenience for the couple, but it could have been much worse.
That experience got them thinking about a much more important and final destination – heaven. It requires a “ticket” issued by God himself! But imagine thinking that your eternal destination was heaven, but discovering too late that your “ticket” couldn’t get you there! You know what my friend? It happens all the time! Many religions and philosophies offer ways to get to heaven that may seem right, but the “ticket” is worthless for entrance into heaven. According to the Bible, God’s precious Word, “There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way to death … For the gate is wide and the road is easy that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many” (Proverbs 14:12; Matthew 7:13). Simply put, if you trust in the wrong way, you will get to the gate of eternity but will be denied entrance into heaven to live with God forever. God’s Word says that there is salvation in no one else but Jesus … “for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved” (Acts 4:12). Jesus himself said, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me” (John 14:6).
The great London preacher Charles Spurgeon once said, “The ark of Noah was a great ark, which held all kinds of creatures; and our Christ is a great Refuge, who saves all kinds of sinners.” Jesus said, “Come to me, all you who labor and are heavy laden,” and “If anyone thirsts, let him come to me and drink” (Matthew 11:28; John 7:37). What do those who come to Jesus find that they will not find in any other religion in the world? My friend, they will find salvation without deeds, difficult, deception, disappointment, distinction and discrimination. So, why is it possible for the Christian gospel to offer such hope? Because it offers what no human being can ever attain otherwise – a righteous standing before a holy God. Because he was the unique God-Man, Jesus Christ was the only sinless human being who ever lived, and the only one who could substitute himself for sinful, lost humanity, “For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, who gave himself a ransom for all” (1 Timothy 2:5-6).
My friend, the only solution was for Christ to die the death we all deserve, “the righteous for the unrighteous [us], that he might bring us to God” (1 Peter 3:18). Then Christ’s righteous record is put on the account of those who believe, making them right with God. “It is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast” (Ephesians 2:8-9). Billy Graham said, “There’s hope for the future because of God’s promises. As a believer in Christ, I hope not for just this life, but for the life to come in heaven. That’s the hope of all of us who put our faith in God.” Thankfully, the cross of Jesus Christ wasn’t the end. The tragedy of the cross became the triumph of the empty tomb. Christ’ bodily resurrection three days later tells us that Christ has conquered evil and death and hell. Thus, when you place your faith and trust in Jesus Christ, you have hope that is real and unending! God has provided in Jesus Christ a rock-solid foundation for hope. Because He did rise from the grave, no one needs to die in despair (1 Thessalonians 4:13-14).
(1) What about you?
(2) Is your hope founded on Christ Jesus, the solid rock? If not …
(3) It should be because He can put the pieces of your life back together!
(3) Maybe you’re feeling shattered and broken today because you have no hope. If so, remember no one is hopeless and beyond God’s saving help because it’s just a prayer away. Jesus said, “With God all things are possible” (Matthew 19:26). So my friend, when the broken pieces of your life seem beyond hope of repair, don’t despair. We have a King who can put people back together again.
Up from the grave He arose,
With a mighty triumph o’er His foes;
He arose a Victor from the dark domain,
And He lives forever with His saints to reign.
No one is hopeless whose HOPE is in God.