THROUGH THE BIBLE IN THREE YEARS
When our children were small, we lived in Greenwood, Ms. for awhile.
Some weekends we'd go back to West Monroe, LA, and visit with "home-folk."
On the drive to West Monroe, we would have to cross the Mississippi bridge in Greenville, MS.
The children would sometimes be loud, or argue in the back seat.
Each time, as we would approach the bridge, I would loudly say,
"Hope the bridge don't fall!"
The children would get off the seat of the car, and get down on the floorboard.
It would be really QUIET!
After a few moments, one of them would timidly ask, "Are we across the bridge?"
Soon, though, even at 4 and 2 years of age, they learned.
Upon my announcement, they would stop playing, or arguing, and LOOK.
Then, they would say, "The bridge is NOT going to fall, Daddy!"
For the law made nothing perfect, but the bringing in of a better hope did; by the which we draw nigh unto God.
Hope is something we expect to obtain.
Even negative hope, such as my expression concerning the bridge, is anticipated.
But, each time we'd approach the bridge, we needed the same hope.
In the Old Testament, those who offered sacrifices had a repetitive hope.
That hope was that God would have mercy, and offer forgiveness.
But when Jesus came, died on the cross for our sins, and was resurrected, the hope of mercy and forgiveness was completely realized in Him!
Now, we have a BETTER hope!
It is the hope of eternal life with Jesus in heaven!
And that hope is secured in Jesus Christ, Who "..was made of the seed of David according to the flesh; And declared to be the Son of God with power, according to the spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead:" (Rom. 1:3-4).
OF that hope we are glad and "..NOT ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us." (Rom. 5:5)
To the Christian, the hope of eternal life with Christ in heaven, is positively reinforced by the presence of God's Holy Spirit in our hearts.
This hope secured makes our hearts glad!