Hope is a powerful thing.

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Hope doesn’t get you out of something, but it does get you through something.  It’s a sad point to note: no one commits suicide who has hope.  Hope helps us hang on.  Hope helps us push through. Hope helps us see rays of sunshine through the darkest of storm clouds.

If you’re a Jesus-follower, the hope we have is so much more powerful than the typical “hope” we humans can muster.  A Christian’s hope is not based in wishful-thinking or the change of a calendar year.  A Christian’s hope is simultaneously the source of our strength and a source of bewilderment to those who are not Christians.

Today, we start a journey through the Gospel of John.  It’s going to take a while, but the journey will be worth it.

And John starts with this idea in John 1:1-5: a hope that is beyond right here and right now.

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning.  Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.

John 1:1-5
New International Version

Can you see the hope John is already pointing us to?

The Word—whom we called “Jesus” on earth—is the architect of the universe.  There is not one particle in the universe not under His lordship (see Colossians 1:17).  In fact, it is by His will the universe holds itself together.  No wonder creation thundered and rolled when Jesus died on the cross.   

He did not start His journey of existence in obscurity in a manger in Bethlehem.  He has always existed with the Father.  Jesus is eternal as the Father is eternal.

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Our hope is embedded in Jesus as the eternal source of light and life for all who believe.  Our hope is in the fact that behind His eyes was the very mind of God.  Before anything was created, HE was already there with the Father.  He wasn’t just some man who lived, but The Word who became a man.

The Word was not only a part of creation. John reminds us of more.  The Lord’s love made us in our mothers’ wombs, but He also desires to remake us.  The radiance of His glory pierces the darkness of our souls and illuminates our beings to reflect His mercy and grace.  With that kind of power, our hope should be overflowing. 

When we don’t see an end to ongoing, ever-extending lockdowns, we have hope in Jesus.  When we don’t see how a marriage can be restored, we have hope in Jesus.  When we don’t know how we can put food on our table, we have hope in Jesus.  When the unexpected bill happens and you feel powerless to do anything about it, we have hope in Jesus.

Hope really is a powerful thing.  Dear one in Jesus, hope in Jesus doesn’t get you out of something, but it does get you through something.  May His light warm your life today.