Hope for the Hopeless

“For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost” (Luke 19:10).

Today we continue to explore the power of God’s love in saving souls. During the Christmas season, we may get diverted from the message of Jesus’ mission to earth. But our verse above provides the grand explanation of why He came. He did not come primarily to fulfill people’s dreams. He did not experience rejection and physical suffering just to set some sort of example. He did not come to establish a new religion that bears His name. He came to save the lost.

Yesterday we identified the lost: any and all outside of Christ. But let’s look closer at their real condition. Though they may cling to a few false hopes, they really have no hope at all (Ephesians 2:12). Their dreams and expectations may appear real and within their grasp, but they will not follow them to the afterlife. Though they drink up all the world’s pleasures, they still thirst for more. They need a different solution, and that solution is Jesus.

Even Christians sometimes forget their true hope. We may sing songs and hear sermons about hope, but still place our hope in the fleeting pleasures of this life. But our true foundation does not crumble as do other foundations (Matthew 7:24; 1 Corinthians 3:11).

The Book of Hebrews reminds us of our only true hope and that we need to cling to it:

“Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful” (Hebrews 12:23).

Application

1. Keep your eyes on Jesus.
Profound truths often come in simple formulas. We need to keep our eyes on Jesus (Hebrews 12:2). This world may dangle tempting enticements before our eyes, but we need to cleave to Jesus for a lifetime. He will not leave us or forsake us (Hebrews 13:5). Keep trusting in His great promises and maintain a clear focus throughout life. Soon He will return with His reward (Revelation 22:12).

2. Point others to the true hope.
We need to be careful who and what we credit. Peter reminds us to be ready with the right answers to life:

“But in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect” (1 Peter 3:15).

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