Think about life without it. Nothing to look forward to. No fun dreams about planting your garden and enjoying the sweet produce from it. Being stuck in winter, never knowing the summer rays. This Covid-19 shutdown forever keeping schools and small businesses closed and church forever online. Hope is an essential ingredient for every aspect of life.
And there is one type of hope more vital than all the rest. One hope that gives value to everything else. It is the hope of eternal life. Think about it. 1 Peter 1:24 says “All flesh is like grass, and all its glory like the flowers of the field; the grass withers and the flowers fall.” Despite every medical and technological advancement. Despite every prevention one takes to stay Covid-19 free or free from any other illness, life on this earth is short. Like a blade of grass or flower of the field. And if this life is all there is… then what is the overall point. It is one that dies.
Thankfully however, eternal life is not just a phony placebo. It is a Biblical truth. And the Bible communicates clearly what that life will look like. For those who do not trust in Jesus Christ, Revelation 20:15 says, “If anyone’s name was not found in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire.” For those who do believe that Jesus is the Son of God who paid for the sins of mankind on the cross so that all who trust in him can have that payment applied to their account, Revelation 21:3-4 says, “Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be His people, and God Himself will be with them as their God. He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.”
Today, be encouraged in two ways. One, if you are a Christian, you have a fixed hope. One that cannot be taken away. Heaven. Two, be encouraged to share the hope you have in Christ so others can experience it with you. Love them by sharing the most essential hope. Three, if you are not a Christian, trust in Jesus today and received this fixed hope.