31 Then Jesus said to them, “All of you will be made to stumble because of Me this night, for it is written: ‘I will strike the Shepherd, And the sheep of the flock will be scattered.’ 32 But after I have been raised, I will go before you to Galilee.” Matthew 26:31-32
Of the three enduring qualities that are mentioned in Corinthians 13 – ‘faith, hope and love’; hope is possibly the most undervalued. The Bible word for hope is an ‘expectation of what is sure’.
In the passage above, Jesus uses the power of hope to provide encouragement for the disciples as they faced Jesus’ death. By warning them of the trials ahead, but telling them that there will be a new day in which he will be with them, the disciples were empowered to have hope for the future. No doubt the hope (the expectation of what is sure) of the resurrection empowered Jesus to face the coming hours of his terrible trial and crucifixion. Isn’t in wonderful, that in the face of death, Jesus not only had hope for himself, but also hope for the disciples.
Hope is an incredible motivator: the human spirit has been created to be instilled with hope and invigorated by hope.
The are many things we hope (the expectation of what is sure) for in the scripture. If we meditate on these things, it will strengthen our hearts. With hope comes joy, peace and comfort in the face of trials.
13 Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.’ Romans 15:13 (NKJV)
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