January 2017 is slowly coming to an end in a couple of days as February beckons us further into the new year. I am reminded without even having to watch the news that the world is a cold, lonely, hopeless place.
All you have to do is to look around, close your eyes, and listen.
People are people. They are who God created them to be. Full of passion whether good or bad it comes down to a choice.
The choice of hope or the choice of hopelessness.
It’s like a coin being flipped into the air. There is always a 50% chance that the coin will land on heads or the coin will land on tails.
It may not always seem that way. But, it’s true. The coin will either land on one side or another. Okay, you have me. Sometimes it lands up against something where it’s neither heads or tails; but, for the other 99.9% of the time, it lands on heads or tails.
So, why coin. The coin represents us. We have a choice. The choice to share hope or the choice to wipe hope out. It’s not that we don’t like the opportunity hope offers; but, it’s the fear that hope can not exist somewhere with someone because we don’t have hope. It’s in those cases that we feel we should defeat hope anywhere where it exists.
God described hope as “God sent Christ so that He (Christ) could be the hope of the world”. The problem was that Jewish leaders didn’t like the type of hope that Christ was offering. Like all leaders they felt they were being left out. So, they prepared a plan to deal with Christ. A plan to remove the hope from the world using the Romans preferred method of carrying out death sentences – Crucifixion.
When it was done, the Jewish leaders celebrated that they had defeated this threat to their way of life – this hope was indeed gone.
The story didn’t end there though. Three days later hope once again rose. It was the empty tomb that told the story.
The story was that you can destroy hope. You can bury hope. You can torture in your attempt to wipe out hope. In the end, hope has always existed from the beginning. Hope can not be wiped out.
In Acts 5:39, Gamaliel stood up before the Jewish Leaders and proclaimed “But if it is from God, you will not be able to stop these men; you will only find yourselves fighting against God.”
Hope can not be destroyed. Hope was given from God. Hope lives within all of us. It’s our choice to decide whether we believe and faith in hope or not.