Got Hope?

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Lately I’ve been starting conversations with people by asking what gives them hope. Today I was talking with an older gentleman (in his early 70’s) at a bus stop, and I asked him what he is putting his hope in. He immediately told me he is putting his hope in Barack Obama. Then he pulled out a newspaper and pointed to the front page headline which said something about welcoming (or announcing) the New World Order. He pointed to it exclaiming, “That is what I’m putting my hope in!”

The god of this world is offering humanity a false and empty hope. As the evil and darkness increases, the Lord Jesus Christ shines bright! Think of the opportunity the Lord has given us at this time, to share the true hope of the Gospel to the lost around us. Ask people if they have hope. Ask them what their hope is. Then tell them Who the true Hope is, and why.

Lord Jesus Christ…our hope. 1Tim1:1

Hope in God; for I shall again praise Him, my salvation and my God. Ps.42:11


Christ our King

When Obama walked out to greet his people on Tuesday night, it just looked different from any acceptance speech I had seen before. It was not a “yea, we won” scene, or a “let’s party!” scene. It was romantic and emotional, with an ethereal glow. It looked like Camelot. No, it looked like the climactic scene in Return of the King, where Aragorn comes into his kingdom, crowned and received with overwhelming joy by adoring subjects. We all know what that was supposed to symbolize.

As I watched this election night scene: hushed reverence, tear streaked faces, starry eyes and hands raised up, I could not help but notice the comparison and contrast. Yes, it looked like a picture and a shadow of what will be. But this near worshipful scene involving a man was nothing compared to what it will be like when we are gathered and brought before our King, Jesus, to celebrate His victory and Kingdom.

O LORD of hosts, my King and my God! Ps.84:3.

Hallelujah! Salvation and glory and power belong to our God…Rev.19:1.

HOPE

Somehow we ended up talking about the world system and how it continually offers false Messiahs, whom the world is eager to follow and worship. These false Messiahs exalt themselves above God, speak things against the Lord and His Christ, deny Christ, and offer themselves to the world as substitute saviors. They are against the Lord’s ways, His Truth, His Law, His Gospel and His people. They may offer promises of hope, prosperity, worldly comforts and well being. As history shows, some seek to rule over a godless Utopia. And though false messiahs are by definition antichrist, some pretend to be Christian in an attempt to get believers to support and cooperate with them.

As we were talking about the world system offering false hope, we were walking across a parking lot. We were remembering when Jesus said,

“I have come in My Father’s name, and you do not receive Me; if another shall come in his own name, you will receive him.” John 5:43.

On the back of a parked car was a large, brightly colored sticker done in ‘Communist propaganda poster’ style. It was a picture of Obama looking quite Messianic, and the word HOPE. My little boy pointed a finger at it and said, “You mean like that, mom?!”

God has put us here at this specific time in history, and He has placed us where we are. We know that the whole world lies in the power of the evil one (1 John 1:19). While the world looks for a man to worship and hope in, we must not pass this opportunity to glorify our Lord by proclaiming the gospel and Jesus Christ as the only hope of the world; the only One worthy of our worship.

And now, Lord, for what do I wait? MY HOPE IS IN THEE. Ps.39:7.