Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the commandment of God our Saviour, and Lord Jesus Christ, which is our hope; 1 Timothy 1:1 (KJV)
One of the greatest things the gospel of Jesus Christ gives to us is hope, especially when we are going through difficult times or loss.
The hope of the gospel is a blessed hope, uniquely tied to the resurrection of Christ from the dead and His return. This hope is much different than wishful thinking, positive thinking, or religious thinking that is not based upon the Word of God. When someone says, “I hope so” it is because there is uncertainty in what may happen. The hope that is ours in Jesus is a certainty, a reality, and a testimony.
Our hope is based upon historical fact, upon Biblical promises, upon the assurance of the Holy Spirit, upon the character of God, and upon a great cloud of witnesses who have given witness to the truth. Jesus is our hope of eternal life, of our home in heaven, of His return, of His coming kingdom, and of His reign and rule as Lord of all.
When darkness veils His lovely face,
I rest on His unchanging grace;
In every high and stormy gale,
My anchor holds within the veil.
His oath, His covenant, His blood,
Support me in the whelming flood;
When all around my soul gives way,
He then is all my hope and stay.