Je­sus of­fers hope for now and eternity

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - RELIGION - BY JIM MURCHI­SON SPE­CIAL TO THE GUARDIAN Jim Murchi­son is a re­tired min­is­ter with the Pres­by­te­rian Church of Amer­ica. He is cur­rently liv­ing in Char­lot­te­town. A guest ser­mon runs in The Guardian ev­ery Satur­day and is pro­vided cour­tesy of Chris­tian Com­mun

Luke 8:54 states: But he took her by the hand and said, “My child, get up!”

Th­ese words are from the lips of Je­sus. At th­ese com­pas­sion­ate words, “My child, get up!” a lit­tle 12 year old girl, the daugh­ter of Jarius is raised back to life again. In the most dif­fi­cult and dark­est hour in your life there is hope if you are a be­liever in the Lord Je­sus Christ.

You can come heavy hearted and weary to Je­sus for he is the God of hope.

Most peo­ple will say they have hope. I hope for a mild win­ter. I hope to get a new car in 2016. On and on go my earthly hopes. But when Je­sus is your hope it is an eter­nal hope. Hope now and be­yond this earthly life.

The lit­tle 12-year-old girl would have died again. So must we all die and leave this earthly scene. So the im­por­tant ques­tion which each of us must con­sider.

When you die where will you spend eternity? Where are you hop­ing to go when you die?

There­fore con­sider: there is a man of hope, and a peo­ple of hope:

Je­sus is the man of hope. He is the in­car­nate son of God. He came and lived among us. He is Im­manuel, God with us. In the dark­ness the light has shone, in the full­ness of time Je­sus came. For the son of Man came to seek and save what was lost.

If you are lost to­day you are with­out hope. Lost in sin and in re­bel­lion against God. The word of God makes it very clear that there is no hope for the wicked:

“When a wicked man dies, his hope per­ishes; all he ex­pected from his power comes to noth­ing.” Prov 11:7

Those who have long lists of awards and ac­com­plish­ments can not take them with them when they die. We took noth­ing into this world when we were born and we will take noth­ing with us when we leave. But if we have Je­sus the man of hope we will have Him and will be with Him.

So we can have an eter­nal hope to­day as we trust in Je­sus Christ who died on the cross for sin­ners and was raised on the third and is now seated at the right hand of God in heaven. Je­sus said that he would come again and take us to be with him where he is. Now this is hope!

For the man of hope has a peo­ple of hope. Je­sus came and pro­claimed the king­dom of God.

This is not an earthly king­dom but an eter­nal king­dom. The peo­ple of Hope have sav­ing faith in Je­sus. Then this world is not your home you are just pass­ing through, for your cit­i­zen­ship is in heaven.

If you are saved by the pre­cious blood of the Lord Je­sus Christ, you can con­sider your­self as a per­son of hope.

The Apos­tle Peter wrote th­ese most hope­ful words. “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Je­sus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a liv­ing hope through the res­ur­rec­tion of Je­sus Christ from the dead, and into an in­her­i­tance that can never per­ish, spoil or fade - kept in heaven for you,”1 Peter 1:3-4

The lit­tle 12 year old girl is a pic­ture of hope for us. Je­sus gave that girl life and hope. Je­sus is the hope of Is­rael and hope for all who would turn from their sin and look to Him. Look to Je­sus and live, with an eter­nal hope. Hope which is now and for­ever.

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