Do ever feel like some things in our lives will never be restored? That they are beyond repair? Maybe we are the ones who screwed them up in the first place. Maybe it’s ourselves and we feel like we are beyond repair. However, we have a hope and it’s not just a cute slogan.
Where we see beyond repair, God sees redemption.
We need only to look around at the innate design of nature to see that the story of redemption is woven into everything. As seeds mature into flowers, they wilt and die and return to the soil to produce new blooms later and the cycle continues. Nothing truly dies in nature. Death in nature always serves a greater purpose in the cycle of life. This is true of Jesus’ death as well. God always had redemption in mind for us. This means we have a hope that cannot be taken away from us.
Hope is not just a slogan. It’s the very essence of our survival. It is innately woven into our soul. Nature does not look around and feel hopeless when the leaves die and fall to the ground. It trusts its design and it’s creator that life and resurrection will follow. But because of love, unlike the trees, God designed us with the ability to make the choice to trust Him or not.
Here we are in Lent, this time leading up to Easter to reflect on the hope we have been given through Christ. We celebrate this gift of salvation and abundant life God gave us through Jesus’ death on the cross. We go to church, we proclaim “He is risen” and say we believe all these things but has this hope truly changed us? Or do we still allow fear, insecurity, doubt, gluttony, despair, addiction, anxiety…etc. decide for us how we will live?
John 10:10-11 The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full. I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.
This kind of redemption story should completely turn our lives upside down. It should shape how we live, how we love, how spend our time and resources, how we parent, how we hope. The hope we have is a person. It is found in the life, death and resurrection of Jesus. We don’t have to worry about what is to come. Our hope already died for us, was buried in a borrowed grave and rose again so what do we have to fear?
Paul talks about this hope in 2 Corinthians 1:8-11. He says he was under such pressure, beyond what he could endure and it drove him to the point of despair of life itself. He says, “Indeed, in our hearts we felt the sentence of death. But this happened that we might not rely on ourselves but on God, who raises the dead. He has delivered us from such a deadly peril, and he will deliver us. On him we have set our hope that he will continue to deliver us, as you help us by your prayers.”
Many of us keep our chains of hopelessness on. We think our situation can never change. We think we can never change. Which is really us saying God is not big enough for us. How could we be so arrogant to say that Jesus’ death was not enough for us? To say, “it might have worked for someone else, but the blood of Christ isn’t enough for my situation” undermines God’s entire plan for redemption. We need to get over ourselves and put our hope in Christ and the blood He shed on the cross.
Hope is not a slogan. It is holy, daily, faithful work as we walk out the free gift of salvation we have received through Christ.
We have to show up each day and engage with Hope in order to experience it’s redemption in our life. We can do this by opening the bible and reading the words of hope on the pages. The bible says in John 1:14 that the “Word became flesh.” Jesus. He is our Hope. He rewrote our history to make it “His” story of redemption. Nothing is beyond His reach.