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Hope For a Hopeless World

I don’t know if you have noticed, but this world is not getting better as some would have you believe. We pay more taxes than ever and yet have less services. More people than ever are suffering from some form of mental illness. Depression is the number one problem and suicides are on the rise. Parents have been killing their children because they don’t know how to cope. So many are trapped in sexual sin and believe there is no way out. Alcohol and drug abuse are rampant. Marriages break up simply because one persons love has grown cold.

What do you say to the young man who has lost everything because his wife decided he was not good enough for her? What do you say to a homosexual so lost in perversion that almost all traces of who he or she used to be are gone? What about the mother with 4 young children abandoned by here husband and left with no support? What do you tell a person so distraught over their drug habit that they think the only way out is suicide or the young teenage girl who ran away from home and found herself trapped in prostitution?

Jesus said in Matthew 11:28-30 "Come to Me, all you who labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light."

Jesus is the only true hope for this world and we as Christians are His representatives. Yet many of us keep that hope hidden from those who need it. Jesus also said in Matthew 5:14-16 "You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven."

What are you going to do? Jesus died to give hope to those of every colour, every nation and every language. Are you willing to bring that hope to someone who needs it? Are you willing to give up your own personal comfort to see that the homeless have a place and are fed and clothed? A person who has been given hope changes.

The Group Newsong wrote a song about that and the chorus says; "Let’’s take the hope of Christ lift it up and hold it high, because hope changes everything. Let’’s take this faith we wear to hurting people everywhere, because hope changes everything. No matter how dark or troubled someone’’s life may seem, I do believe with all my heart that hope does change everything."

There Is Hope

Life for many is not easy. We live an average of 75 years on this earth and then that’s it we are gone. In a few generations many of us are forgotten completely. Just a name on a tombstone. King Solomon the writer of the book of Ecclesiastes in the Bible says in chapter 1 verses 2 to 4 "Meaningless! Meaningless!" says the Teacher. "Utterly meaningless! Everything is meaningless." What does man gain from all his labor at which he toils under the sun? Generations come and generations go, but the earth remains forever." Then he says chapter 1 verse 14 "I have seen all the things that are done under the sun; all of them are meaningless, a chasing after the wind." Solomon was one of the richest rulers of his time. He had all anyone could want. All kinds of pleasure was available to him. He tried them all and yet felt empty. Nothing in this world satisfied him. In chapter 12, verses 13 and 14 He ends with this; "Now all has been heard; here is the conclusion of the matter: Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the whole [duty] of man. For God will bring every deed into judgment, including every hidden thing, whether it is good or evil."

To try keeping God’s commandments in your own strength is impossible. Hebrews 9:27 says; "it is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment," So after leading a meaningless life, unable to keep God’s commandments, we are judged. Our destination is Hell. You have to ask the question next. If God is supposed to be a loving God, wouldn’t He provide a way around this? Where is the hope?

I had a dream one time where I was in a prison and about to receive a most horrible punishment. I knew I deserved it and what I faced terrified me. As the torturer was about to carry out my sentence a man stepped forward and said he would take my place.

Now here is the good news. He has provided a hope and escape for you. His name is Jesus! He was God in the flesh and came and lived for a short period amongst us. He was willingly crucified on a cross for you and I. He took all our sins and punishment upon Himself and then 3 days later rose from the dead to show that He had conquered sin and death. (For a good account of His life read the book of John in the Bible). So how can He help you, you ask? First, admit you are a sinner. Romans 3:23 says; "for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God." Next confess your sins and ask Jesus to become you Savior. Romans 10:9-10 says; "if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is by believing in your heart that you are made right with God, and it is by confessing with your mouth that you are saved." That’s it! Jesus did it all for you. Your life now has meaning. Tell others what Jesus has done for you today. I recommend now that you find a Bible, start reading it and find a good Bible-believing Christian church.