>> Monday, January 11, 2010 – Faith
In the midst of all the pain and suffering of the past few weeks, I've been overwhelmed by HOPE.
It sounds so cliche...to talk about the hope we have in Jesus.
But that hope...man, it's so powerful! It's not a "soft" topic at all. It's life-changing.
Imagine loving your child with your whole heart. Imagine your child dying unexpectedly. Imagine that being the END. You will never see or hear or feel that child again. Your baby's body will simply rot in the grave, and your child is lost. Forever.
I can't imagine the grief of that.
Now, imagine someone promising that your child will rise again. That your child isn't "lost" at all, but very alive in a real place. Imagine the promise of a place with no suffering or pain. Even better, a place of profound peace and joy. Imagine that person promising that you WILL see your child again.
Is that hope?
Maybe. I suppose it depends on who's making the promises. You'd better look awfully closely at the character of the one making the promise. Is he trustworthy?
Many, MANY, "teachers" have proclaimed things to be true. But only One can back up His promises with Perfection, and with a depth of love that can be compared to none other.
Only ONE physically walked out of his OWN tomb to prove the reliability of His promises...to prove his power over even death.
Only One can provide real Hope.