Hope And Hope: The Cross Symbol Of Hope

The Cross Symbol of Hope

In the previous paragraph Paul uses the word hope in the defense of the faith but he

also use it in presenting the faith. Because hope and faith are two legs of the same belief

and that belief is in Jesus Christ. Paul reminded the Roman church and he reminds us

today that at one time we were enemies of God (Rom 5:10) and His wrath was upon us

but by Christ’s death for us we now have peace with God and we can “rejoice in [the]

hope of the glory of God” because it is by “grace in which we stand.” Isn’t that reason to

“rejoice in hope?” 1 Paul makes reference to us who were once enemies of God, but now

are reconciled to Him by the death of His son. It is the death of Christ and His shed blood
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If you have never repented and trusted in Christ, then you will

have no hope for all time. It will be a hopeless eternity from which there will be no

escape. There will be nothing worse in the entire universe but if your hope is put in

Christ, there is no greater hope possible.

The Cross Symbol of Hope

Have you ever being in a hopeless situation? Maybe you’re in one right now.

Hopelessness happens when you find yourself in a situation where there is no confident

expectation for a positive outcome. It’s being at the end of your rope. Lots of things can

bring us to a point of hopelessness. The death of a spouse or child, the loss of a job, a

chronic illness, a marriage on the brink of divorce, the potential of financial ruin, a

prodigal son or daughter. There may be someone that is in such a place in his or her life

right now. He or she might have lost all hope in the future, and have no confidence that

things are going to work out. He or she have tried everything and have looked

everywhere and things remain bleak. I want this person to know that real hope can be

found in the power of the cross of Jesus Christ.

For those of you who things are going well, everyone’s healthy, your job is secure
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Hope may be sealed at the resurrection but it all began at

the cross of Jesus Christ. Thank God for the cross of Jesus, to Him I give all the glory.

To hope in Christ is to hope in eternal life. Paul puts it nicely when he wrote to Titus.

“Paul, a bondservant of God and an apostle of Jesus Christ, according to the faith of God’s elect and the acknowledgment of the truth, which accords with godliness, in hope of eternal life, which God, who cannot lie, promised before time began.” Titus 1:1-2 (NKJV)

This was a pastoral letter to Titus and he wanted to assure Titus who could thus assure

the church that there is hope in eternal life and this hope is as strong as the God Who

promised this never ending life. We know that God never lies, nor indeed can He.

This hope of His promise began before time did. But it was manifested at the cross of

Jesus Christ. Here we see again our hope of eternal life was made available through the

cross. You might ask how this was made available. The answer is through the shed blood

of Jesus. Jesus said “For this is My blood of the new covenant, which is shed for many

for the remission of sins” Matthew 26:28. Man could not access this promise (eternal
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