Jesus Our Hope!

At Jesus' transfiguration, soon after the start of His earthly ministry, God spoke saying, "This is my beloved son... hear you Him". Later, as recorded in John 14: 1-6, Jesus said, "I am the way, the truth, and the life; no man cometh unto the Father, but by me".

Jesus did not say that he was a way of many ways, a truth of many truths, a life of many lives. He said He was the way, the truth, and the life. This means that He is the only way to life everlasting, the only divine truth, and the only source of life satisfactory to God. This verse proclaims, also, that there is no other of any circumstance, money, education, or philosophy that can lead us to God. Thus, Moses, Buddha, Allah, Science and all other one4rs are excluded. It is as though all blessing, hope, mercy and goodness were placed by divine will in a room into which there is but one entrance. There is no way to obtain these blessings except to enter therein through that one entrance. Truly Jesus is the center of our hope. He is our only hope.

Through God's grace, His kind and forgiving nature, Jesus was sent to earth to perform an essential mission. He was to end the law of Moses (the basis for the Jewish faith) and fulfill the prophets. He completed His mission for we read in Romans 7: 6-7, "But now we are delivered from the law, that being dead wherein we were held; that we should serve in newness of Spirit, and not in the oldness of the letter". Because Jesus did away with the Law of Moses and replaced it with a better way, none of the Old Testament commandments or laws, including the Ten Commandments, applies to us today.

It is the law of love and liberty (made perfect by Jesus' sacrifice) that was revealed by Christ and His apostles in the New Testament which we, today, are to obey. (James 1: 25). It is by our obedience to God's will through our faith in Christ that puts us into the body of Christ, His church, and makes us acceptable to God. For details about obedience and its need and how to be pleasing to Christ, study the message , "The Importance of Obedience", and "What Must I Do To Be Saved?".

The Christian life can be a glorious, hopeful existence even though the individual may face war, famine, illness, and other perils common to human existence. We do not, necessarily, hope for God to bless us with earthly riches, nor do we expect Him to redeem His promises to us with earthly blessing. Our hope rests in the promise of an everlasting life near to God when Christ comes again. These hopes are well stated by the Apostle Paul in Romans 8: 31-39: "What shall we say then to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us? He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things? Who shall lay anything to the charge of God's elect? It is God that justifieth. Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God who also maketh intercession for us. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? As it is written, 'For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.' Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.' Often men will teach that God is dead and Christ was but a wholly mortal man and seek to divert us from the truth of God. But do not be dismayed for Christ is risen; the tomb where He was laid was empty that Sunday morning so long ago. He then walked among men for some 40 days thereafter, speaking to them and teaching them. His body was real for His disciples saw, heard, and ate with Him. For amplification of these facts study the Bible Research Library topic "Christian Evidences". Your study of this series will show you that the facts of Jesus' resurrection are supportable, logical, realistic, and true. Modern man of whatever level of education and attainment can find exacting proof that Jesus has both died and then risen. When under persecution, being put to death for their beliefs, Jesus' early followers died, gladly, a horrible and painful death which they could have avoided by denying their Saviour. They did so because they had seen and heard the Christ. They had seen His miracles which proved Him to be what He claimed Himself to be, the Son of God. To them Jesus was the center of their hope. Time has not changed anything. Jesus is, today, the center of our hope, both in this life and forever after: Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God.

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