“I am the gate; whoever enters through me will be saved. They will come in and go out, and find pasture. The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.”
—Jesus (John 10.9,10)
“As you think about truly letting Jesus live His life in your life, or you living His life, try not to focus so much on reaching others, converting sinners, or challenging the saints. Redemption is a much bigger picture. God wants you to have His life. Jesus said that the whole reason He came was so that we might have life—abundant life. He didn’t come and take on flesh so that you would someday pray a salvation prayer, go to church, and settle for a semireligious life. He has bigger hopes and dreams for you than that. He came so that His divine life could actually take root in you and so you could relate to Him like humans used to before sin messed everything up.”
—Hugh Halter in Flesh (emphasis added)
Our October Prayer focus has been added. Navigate to our Prayer Focus page and click on the Prayer Focus 10.2014 link.
In Matthew 12’s long quote of Isaiah 42.1-4, we have marveled at Jesus, how He will bring justice through to victory. That is why it is in His name that the nations will put their hope. There is no other name under heaven or on earth by which we may be saved (Acts 4.12). So let us take a moment to marvel at how and why Jesus is our hope.
We desire and search for His goodness, for a future where He manifests Himself and His glory (Exodus 33). To say that God is good, is to affirm our perspective of His loving care. We have trusted Him by believing he has died for our sins. We trust in Him to make sense this life. We trust in Him to return and make wrongs right.
On the cross Jesus conquers sin and we have put our hope in His salvation. By Jesus’ resurrection we are born into a living hope and we have put our hope in His sanctification (1 Peter 1.3). With Jesus’ ascension He is glorified and intercedes for us as we put our hope in His holding our future inheritance (Ephesians 1.13,14).
With Jesus as the author and perfecter of our faith we affirm hope is authored by God Himself (Hebrews 12.1,2). With our hope being confident in God’s goodness we trust in His ultimate justice that will triumph over despair and defeat Satan (Matthew 12.20b,21).
So we pray for the Lord to open the eyes of our heart to know the hope of our calling (Ephesians 1.18). As we affirm Jesus as the object of our hope, it is in His second coming that the hope of glory will be filled (Colossians 1.27; Titus 2.13). With Jesus’s return as the center of our hope, we are to reflect His Holiness in purity (1 John 3.3).