Thursday, March 14, 2013

Our Hope Is Alive

Hebrews 9:28 -- "So also Christ died once for all time as a sacrifice to take away the sins of many people. He will come again, not to deal with our sins, but to bring salvation to all who are eagerly waiting for him.

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When Christ walked the earth He had many followers and preached to great crowds. He was the Messiah, the Savior, the one who was going to bring restoration and redemption to all of God's children. He did these things, but not in the way the people thought they were going to happen. The Messiah was suppose to be the king who returned the land of Israel to God's people. They believed the Savior would be a great warrior who would conquer the land that God promised them. However, they received a servant.

 Matthew 23:11 -- "The greatest among you must be a servant."

The apostles, the men and women, who walked with Jesus, heard his teachings and saw his miracles, were full of hope while participating in Jesus' ministry that he truly would save the world.

 Matthew 12:21 -- "And His name will be the hope of all the world."

However, all of that hope could have died with Jesus on the cross. Thankfully, God had a bigger plan for His Son and for this world. Jesus rose from the dead to be the ultimate sacrifice for our sins. He gave us more hope by conquering death than He ever could by conquering a city. Because of Christ's veiled time of service on earth we may all have an eternity with God.

John 11:25 -- "Jesus told her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Anyone who believes in me will live, even after dying."

When Jesus comes again, He will not be a veiled servant as he was the first time, He will be a wonder to behold and everyone will know the Son of God in all of His majesty. This time he will not come to teach but to judge. He holds the keys of death and grave and He is here to grant true salvation by conquering sin once and for all.

Revelation 1:18 -- "I am the living one. I died, but look—I am alive forever and ever! And I hold the keys of death and the grave."

We do not know when Jesus is coming again, but we must be prepared. We must know in our hearts that Jesus is King and that God is who He says He is and does what He says He will do. 

Matthew 24:36 -- “However, no one knows the day or hour when these things will happen, not even the angels in heaven or the Son himself. Only the Father knows."

The question is not if Jesus will return to save us all once again, but when. Are you ready?

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