Friday, 23 April 2021
Jesus Christ is our Hope
By : Sally Cheong
Jesus said,” Take heart! I have overcome the world.” John 16:33
Jesus tells His disciples that they need not be fearful of the troubles of this world. To “take heart” means to gain courage or confidence, to begin to feel better and more hopeful. We live in a system of evil that dominates humanity and the world. That is where you live. You are in that world. A world that crushes your spirit and cause you distress, pressure and afflictions. The world is hostile towards you. In the face of this, how do you survive? How will you get through it all?
People need hope. They need to know there is a future. That somewhere in that future something good is going to happen, no matter how bad things are right now. There is a pervasive angst or anxiety in our culture. People need peace. Peace is the absence of angst, tranquility in the midst of troubles. The Lord Jesus knows our hearts are troubled so He promised His peace to all His sheep. He tells us to “take heart” or ” take courage.” But you say, ” I don’t have the courage Lord. I have no power over the circumstances I am facing.” He assures us, ” I have overcome the world.” This is not pep talk beloved brothers and sisters. The person who is saying it is Christ Jesus whom God sent into this world to give us hope. We can’t live without hope.
The Lord is saying, “don’t lose faith whatever you are going through. I AM interceding for you before the Father. I live to make intercession for you on matters you know nothing of. The Father Himself loves you because you have loved me and have believed that I came from God.”
God has a special affection for those who belong to Him, a warm tender affection that never wanes. You can live life with that. You may not have a lot of people who love you but if God loves you like that, you can say, ” I’m okay. I’m okay.”
People generally like you because they don’t know much about you. When they find out more about you, they like you less. This is because like most people, you show your best side to others. People are not what they seem to be. They keep up appearances. So do you. This is a world of impressions. You know you are not as nice as you appear to be.
Deep in the hearts of everyone there is a need to be loved by someone who knows all your faults and love you just the same. God knows absolutely everything there is to know about you – all your unfaithfulness, your critical spirit, your bitterness and your secret sins. Yet He loves you with an unending affection.
You need someone to trust and believe in, and into whose hands you can safely place your life. Someone who is strong enough, generous enough, and has the resources to take care of you in an insecure world. God, the Omniscient and All Powerful One, knows all things and is in control of everything in the universe. And He loves you. That knowledge should take anxiety out of your life. And with the added assurance that our Lord Jesus has overcome the world, you can close your eyes and sleep at night knowing tomorrow will surely be a better day.
(Inspired by John Macarthur’s “The Hope that Overcomes the World.”)
Abba Father, You know I needed so much to hear once again that You love me. I know nobody will ever love me like You do. I need Your strong Hand to hold me up or I will fall. I praise You that You know the anxieties in my heart. I want to hand them all over to You because only You can sort them out for me. Grant me the strength and the peace to take the next step of faith to lean totally on You. I ask this in Jesus’ Name, AMEN.
人们需要希望。他们需要知道有未来，而在那未来，无论现在的情况有多糟糕，都会有美好的事情发生。我们的文化中普遍存在焦虑或烦忧。人们需要平安。平安就是没有焦虑，在困境中感到平静。主耶稣知道我们在世上有患难，所以他向所有的羊保证了平安。他告诉我们，要么“放心”，要么“放胆”。 但你说，“主啊，我没有勇气。我无法控制自己所面临的环境。” 他向我们保证，“我已经胜了世界。” 亲爱的弟兄姐妹，这不是鼓舞士气的话。说这话的人是耶稣，上帝派他到这个世界来给我们盼望。没有盼望，我们不能生活。