Posted by: biblestudyseattle | February 6, 2021

Hope

We all need hope. “Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a longing fulfilled is a tree of life.” Proverbs 13:12 When the future looks bleak and the world appears to be turning to darkness and tyranny, we need hope. “but we had hoped that he was the one who was going to redeem Israel. And what is more, it is the third day since all this took place.” Luke 24:21

The disciples were crushed after the Crucifixion. For three days and three nights all hope seemed lost. But then the impossible happened.

“He asked her, “Woman, why are you crying? Who is it you are looking for?”

Thinking he was the gardener, she said, “Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have put him, and I will get him.”

Jesus said to her, “Mary.”

She turned toward him and cried out in Aramaic, “Rabboni!” (which means “Teacher”).

Jesus said, “Do not hold on to me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father. Go instead to my brothers and tell them, ‘I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.’” John 20:15-17

This hope of resurrection doesn’t end our current troubles, but “Hope in the Lord and keep his way. He will exalt you to inherit the land; when the wicked are destroyed, you will see it.” Psalm 37:34

‘For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.’ Jeremiah 29;11


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