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Our Hope Is In Jesus Christ

1 Corinthians 15:19

If only for this life we have hope in Christ, we are to be pitied more than all men (and women).

photo on 6-11-19 at 10.52 amOver the years – in the churches I have been blessed to serve – there have been a number of babies born into the church family. It is only natural that these parents – some first time parents – would have hopes and dreams for their children. Just this week I watched as one new parent held their new child and stared into their eyes. Parents have hopes for her their children! It is normal for parents to want more for their children than they had even. Hopes and dreams might run along the lines of: a love for Jesus – to do well in school – to find a way to be a useful part of our society – to be athletic – to love the arts – to find someone to spend the rest of their lives with (when the time is right—like 25) – and more.

What are/were your hopes for your children or even your grandchildren? Did those hopes all come true or were some of them dashed by decisions along the way – yours – theirs or someone’s?

In the early church – some didn’t believe in the resurrection of Christ – and thus they didn’t believe in eternal life. Paul wrote: 1 Corinthians 15:12-20 – 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 to be pitied more than all men. 20 But Christ has indeed been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep.

As parents – we have hopes for our children – but they are mostly temporal – except the one about loving Jesus. These hopes come and go – some are met and some are not. If our hope in Christ is only temporal – for the here and now – Paul says we are to be pitied. Our hope in Christ goes beyond this life – it is eternal – from this life to the next. The reason this is important is because often our hopes and dreams do not materialize in this lifetime but our hope is in Christ who is more than the here and now.

Where do we place our trust and hope – for our children and for ourselves? Do we place our hope and dreams in Jesus – in the eternal life that comes through faith in Him? Or do we count more on the here and now? Is it in the economy? It is in who resides in the White House? Is it in our ideology or our theology? Or – is it in the One and only – our Lord and Savior – Jesus Christ?

Just something for us to think about today as we go on our way.

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September 6, 2019 - Posted by | Build, Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Outreach, Personal, Prayer, Theology | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

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