Hope Doesn’t Glitter

I used to imagine hope as a bright, cheery feeling that lifts the spirits like sunshine and rainbows, but it’s not so sparkly as all that. Hope doesn’t calm the gale, or part the clouds, or stop the waves from battering your ship. It anchors you until the storm passes.

Consider the followers of Jesus, worshipers of the one true God, oppressed by pagan Roman occupiers, subjected to the overbearing religion of the Pharisees, exploited by the rich. But here was their Savior! The man they had prayed for and longed for their entire lives, for generations. The promised Messiah who would deliver Israel from all enemies, from all oppression, from hunger even and disease, as he had shown by so many signs and wonders. Surely this was God’s deliverance!
He entered Jerusalem in triumph! This must be the time of victory! Any moment now all their dreams and prophesies would come true!

But what’s this?

He’s captured, tried, and hung on a cross. No matter; even now he can slay the wicked with the word of his mouth. Surely, any second now, God, surely this is the moment of promise, the culmination of thousands of years of preparation, this must be it, the day of salvation!

Then they watch life leave his body. They see the spear thrust in his side and empty him of blood. They watch his body being lowered, carried to a tomb, placed inside, and sealed indefinitely.

How dark it must have been for them that final Saturday night! Imagine their confusion, their doubt, their questions. Imagine their fear! What was it all for? Had they been deceived? Was God even real? The enemy had won. The chance for victory had come and gone, and now what? How could they continue? What was the point in breathing? Their teacher, their leader, their reason for living was dead and buried. What kept them from giving up?

Hope.

It’s a weighty, gritty, dogged determination to keep going when the way is impossible, a conviction to hold on when there’s nothing to hold on to. Hope presses on in darkness when there isn’t a light to be seen. It’s the refusal to give up when you’ve already lost. 

For we are saved by hope: but hope that is seen is not hope: for what a man seeth, why doth he yet hope for?
But if we hope for that we see not, then do we with patience wait for it.

-Romans 8:24,25 KJV

Because Sunday is coming!

One response to “Hope Doesn’t Glitter”

  1. Love it!! Good thoughts!

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