Do we have hope? I don’t mean the kind of hope that says, “I hope there is pie at this dinner.” I mean the kind of hope that says, “even when it looks like the world is falling apart around me, I am hopeful.” The kind of hope that believes that light cannot be put out by darkness, that in the end good triumphs over evil, and even the kind of hope that believes Jesus is redeeming the world.
In recent days we see the disunity that politics causes. I don’t care if you lean left or right, democrat or republican, there is no way around the reality that politics divides. In recent days we have seen what hatred, anger, violence, and terrorism can do. We have seen this lived out in Brussels, San Bernadino, Paris, Boston, New York, and that is not including the genocide of Christians in the Middle East. Are you hopeful?
Hope is not escapism. Hope is not saying, “I’m moving to Canada.” (Or Mexico, because it’s warmer). Hope is not building bigger walls, doors, locks, or weapons. Hope is not believing that violence will end all violence. Hope is not wanting to single out people groups, races, ethnicities, or any other group and say “they” are this. Hope is more than all these things.
Hope is seen in the aftermath of these terrorist attacks and the way people continued on in their lives. Living rather than being paralyzed by fear. True hope comes from within, but that hope comes from a powerful source. The greatest hope we can live with is the hope Jesus is redeeming all of this world, that all the brokenness will be redeemed. This is a hope that believes what John writes in the book of Revelation…”Then I saw “a new heaven and a new earth,” for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea. I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. ‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.” He who was seated on the throne said, “I am making everything new!”
Hope is found in the chaos of the cross and seen most fully in the empty tomb. If it wasn’t for the empty tomb the cross would make no sense, it would be another symbol of death. The empty tomb brings hope in chaos. The question for us in this time is are we going to live as people afraid at the cross before the resurrection, or are we going to live as hopeful people, recognizing the tomb is empty?
I don’t know about you, but I want to live as a person of hope. I want to live as a person who believes God is redeeming all things and that Heaven is coming here. I want to live with the kind of hope that believes that heaven is coming here and the hope of heaven is seen in the way we live! Heaven was unleashed in the empty tomb. Let’s live in such a way that we bring hope and heaven in the midst of chaos.