Summary: The subject of our Christian hope is Jesus Christ and He has proven it through his life, death and resurrection that our hope in Him will definitely be accomplished.
Title: Jesus Christ Our Hope
NAS 1 Timothy 1:1 Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus according to the commandment of God our Saviour, and of Christ Jesus, who is our hope;
Col 1: 27 to whom God willed to make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.
Recently the Singapore soccer team won the Asean Soccer Championship. I am sure some of you have been following the progress of the team.
I too have been watching the matches played by the team. Deep within me, I hoped that Singapore can win the tournament yet again. However, I was hopeful, but I was not confident of the results. Why? That is because the object of my hope was not performing well in the early stage of the tournament.
In life, many people place their hope on different ones. People in court trials looked for the best lawyers because these lawyers have good track records. Those who are terminally ill look for the best doctors who had good reputation. However the best lawyers and doctors cannot satisfy every hope placed upon them.
In 1 Timothy 1:1 Paul told Timothy that Jesus Christ is our Hope. Our hope in Christ is unlike the hope of the world. Our hope as believers carries a certainty or a perfect assurance that what is hope for will definitely be fulfilled. But how can hope be so absolute? It is because Christ dwells within our heart through the Holy Spirit, giving us an inward witness of the Hope of Glory.
The subject of our Christian hope is Jesus Christ and He has proven it through his life, death and resurrection that our hope in Him will definitely be accomplished.
This morning my message is entitled Jesus Christ our Hope.
1. Jesus Christ is our only hope
In Col 1:27, Paul said to the Colossians, Christ dwelling in their hearts is their hope of Glory.
The Colossian church at that time was facing the false teachings of the Gnostics who taught that Christ was not the complete saviour. In order to reach fullness, their faith in Christ must be complemented with strict observations of rules and regulations.
In his letter to the Colossians, Paul began to combat the false teachings by explaining to the church why Jesus is their only hope of glory.
According to Paul Jesus is their only hope because:
a. Jesus is God our creator.
b. Jesus is Deliverer who delivered believers from the domain of darkness and transferred them to the kingdom of Light.
c. Jesus is the Redeemer.
d. Jesus d at the cross, through him there is forgiveness of sins.
e. Jesus is one who reconciles man with God, breaking down the dividing wall.
f. Jesus is the perfect sacrifice for he is the sinless Lamb of God.
2. The world has no Hope at all
21 And although you were formerly alienated and hostile in mind, engaged in evil deeds,
as non believers they were alienated from God. Their mind was not renewed and therefore does not understand the things or God and it become hostile towards Him. Do you remember the days when you were a non believer and how critical you are towards Christianity and the hatred you have towards Christians? Their lives were filled with the filth of sin.
12 remember that you were at that time separate from Christ, excluded from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers to the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world.
Paul told the Ephesians that without Christ, they are without hope at all.
a. They do not have God’s help in life’s journey.
As believers, we have the luxury of having the Holy Spirit the Paracletos to be with us. He helps us through every difficult moment like a friend walking by our side.
The world does not have God’s help. They either solve problems through their own means or seek other supernatural sources which will result in more problems.
What hope is there for an old man dying of Leukaemia in the hospital?
What hope is there for a mother who had become desperate and depressed over her son who had gone bad?
What hope is there for a drug addict in the back alley of KL?
What hope is there for a girl who hated life and had to constantly cut herself to mute the pain in her heart?
All these people are in a cloud of hopelessness.
b. They are without salvation, destine for eternal damnation
The penalty for sin is death. God told Adam and Eve the moment you sin by eating from the forbidden tree, you will surely die.