Bible Ballistics: BBs #529 Jesus IS Our Hope!!!
Sunday’s post was a bit heavy, so I thought I’d simply like to share a word of encouragement and hope this morning. So, buckle your seat belt, and let’s take our day to Jesus!
“But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith,
God resisteth the proud,
but giveth grace unto the humble.
7 Submit yourselves therefore to God.
Resist the devil,
and he will flee from you.
8 Draw nigh to God,
and he will draw nigh to you.
Cleanse your hands, ye sinners;
and purify your hearts, ye double minded.” James 4:6-8
James reminds us that it’s God who gives us grace to live by, but we must draw near to HIM and resist the enemy of our souls. May our hearts be humble before Him, as we stand fast and resist the devil, as we draw nigh to God cleansing our hands, hearts and minds. As we continue to draw near to Him, we can have the confidence of Job.
“For I know that my redeemer liveth,
and that he shall stand
at the latter day
upon the earth:” Job 19:25
Our hope is in our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ—our soon coming KING—HE is our confidence and hope.
“Jesus saith unto him,
I am the way,
and the life:
no man cometh unto the Father,
but by me.” John 14:6
Jesus shared this with the disciples after telling them of His leaving that would be followed by His absolute return. Even Job knew that his “Redeemer” would stand on this earth—in victory as the King–only after coming as the suffering servant who would pay for our sin.
“In my Father’s house are many mansions:
if it were not so,
I would have told you.
I go to prepare a place for you.
3 And if I go and prepare a place for you,
I will come again,
and receive you
that where I am,
there ye may be also.
4 And whither I go
and the way ye know.” John 14:2-4
Jesus gives us the confident assurance of HIS return; and while the disciples were baffled at this conundrum (look it up 🙂 ), Jesus assured them of who He was! I can’t comprehend the sadness and disappointment that they struggled with for that three days between the crucifixion and Resurrection Sunday! But WOW! The riddle was no longer a riddle—just the power and glory of the resurrected Jesus, giving them the confident hope and assurance that helped them take the Gospel throughout the whole known world! Powered by His Spirit to confident boldness, and courage to speak truth!
So, take hope today—Jesus is coming soon, and HE knows where you are today, and will make the way clear as you “draw near to” HIM! Blessings on your day! Amen and Amen!