Let’s face it. The news is bleak. Pandemic. Inflation. Corruption. Violence. I’m no kid, and, to me, things seem to be getting worse. Maybe it is; maybe it isn’t. Either way, things could be a lot better than they are now. Are we in a state of hopelessness? Indeed, we are if we continue as we are. But, there is hope.
Let’s get this on the table right now. Our behavior is much worse than we think. Jesus says we commit murder simply with the anger in our hearts. We don’t need to physically harm anyone. We do drive-by shootings every time we give someone a dirty look. (Matthew 5:21-26)
The same is true with adultery. We are guilty of that with every lustful thought. Who of us hasn’t witnessed the devastation that happens through adultery? Yet, in the judgment of God, our private lust makes us just as guilty. (Matthew 5:27-30)
Indeed, there will be a day when we answer to God for every careless word we say (or think). (Matthew 12:36) Judgment is coming sooner than you imagine. You do not know the day or hour when your soul we be called.
There Is Hope
There is hope. No, you will never be able to “make good” for all that you have done, but someone else can. It’s not your religious grandmother or anyone else who prays for you. The only one who can deal with your sin problem is someone who has never sinned. You know nothing of living without sin. However, there is someone who actually did live without ever sinning once. Not even one single time!
His name is Jesus.
That Jesus lived a sinless life in itself doesn’t do anything about YOUR problem. It does, however, qualify him to PAY for your sin. How did he do that? With his own life. He’s the hero that fell on the grenade in the foxhole to save his buddies – but in a much bigger way. You see, he gave his life so that you might save yours.
The ultimate proof of that in his resurrection of the dead. The account is true. Add to it all the scripture that foretold of it all and you have a story that is unimaginable yet quite believable.
There is hope. Only one. “And there salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.” (Acts 4:12) “But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God, who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.” (John 1:12-13)
Look, I didn’t like the idea of Jesus any more than you, but I have come to know more certainly than anything ever in my life that Jesus does indeed save.
There is hope.