Hope For Hungry Hearts
Happy Easter Friends!
I hope my fellow Christians are enjoying a Blessed Easter!
As far as I understand life, everybody needs hope, right?
There isn’t anybody alive who can’t use some hope, inspiration and encouragement on a daily basis.
Hope is as essential to life itself as breathing.
What I have found is that there are two basic kinds of hope.
There are normal, everyday hopes of people from all walks of life. These are simple, ordinary hopes.
We have hopes of a sunny day, that you will finally get that dream job, or take that once-in-a-lifetime trip. Some of us have hopes of the permanence of a new home or a new job.
But, there is also extraordinary hope. The distinction between the two is found in one of the acronyms I have created for the word FAITH…
Fully Alive In True Hope
From the Christian perspective, when we enter into a relationship with Christ, when we accept the central message of the Easter story, it is then the we become fully alive.
That acceptance is not an ordinary hope, rather it is the most extraordinary, supernatural hope found in Christ. This is the true hope to which I referred.
Both kinds of HOPE are the presumption of possibility, a pleasurable anticipation, an earnest expectation.
Theologians have wrestled with various theories as to why and how Christ died, but that is too large a discussion and would detract from my main point.
But what is the central message of Easter?
From the Christian perspective, the death, burial and resurrection of Christ is the entire reason for his coming to Earth in bodily form, and the very hope of all humanity.
Be that as it may, many people struggle and strive matters of faith. Some people have faltering faith, are deeply discouraged, or don’t have any faith at all. Even if this is the case, you can still BE ENCOURAGED.
Hope is the true meaning behind Easter.
I think Christ came to Earth because God planted an insatiable hunger in the human heart. That hunger is spelled LOVE.
It is not a hunger that can ever be satisfied by:
- chocolate covered Easter eggs
- pop psychology
- psychedelic drugs
- self-help books, or
- spiritual gurus
… but one that can only be filled by being In (the centre of the word FAITH) a relationship with God… True Hope.
The miracle of Easter is the invitation to rest in that centre, Christ Himself, where all your spiritual needs will be forever met.
Jesus Christ is known as:
- a BLESSED HOPE
- crown of rejoicing
- one who gives everlasting consolation
- The Bread Of Life; our spiritual manna
- the HOPE of glory
Our deep hunger for love, compassion, mercy and understanding are all answered in Him .
As you can see in the above image, one of the acronyms I have for the word HOPE is… He Offers People Eternity
Another comes from prayerful yearning… Hanging Onto Prayerful Expectation.
Joseph Addison said,
“Three grand ESSENTIALS to HAPPINESS in this life are something to do, something to LOVE, and something to HOPE for.“
Christ, in sacrificially laying down His life, gives us the perfect example of love for others. He did so joyfully.
My motto: BE LOVE TO OTHERS reminds me of these things.
- What did Jesus DO?
- Who did Jesus LOVE?
Who is inspired?
Early 16th-century French Renaissance writer François Rabelais said,
“I place no hope in my strength or in my works: but all my confidence is in God, my protector, who never abandons those who have put all their hope and thought in him.“
Psalm 31:24 says,
“Be of good COURAGE, and he shall strengthen your heart, all you who put your HOPE in the LORD!“
It has been my experience that when you have something to look forward to, when you are always anticipating something, you have every reason to be hopeful.
Romans 8:24 says,
For we are saved by hope: but hope that is seen is not hope: for what a man seeth, why doth he yet hope for?
So the question is:
Will you partake of the Bread Of Life, or will you be satisfied with the cotton candy of the world?
Share your valuable views…
What kind of hope do you have? … ordinary, or would you say extraordinary?
What does Easter mean to you?
Please contribute your voice to this discussion… here.
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