This week, walking down the Holy Week and up to the Good Friday – yes, this is a week of hope. We look to the cross, we walk closer to the cross and yes, there is the hope that makes all things new. As we remember Jesus bearing His cross, as we try to take up our own cross and follow Him – there is hope that this heart of ours, it can become something like His. As we are reminded that it was our sin that He died for, that took Him to the cross – we are also reminded of the love that is so much greater than our sin.
No matter where your heart is, no matter what your circumstances are: there is hope. Hope for your heart. Hope for you.
“And this is the promise that He has promised us—eternal life.” (1 John 2:25)
It is easier to love those around us when we remember the love with which Jesus loved us. It is easier to forgive those who have hurt us when we remember how Jesus forgave us. It is easier to encourage, to speak words of love to those around us when we remember the mercy and grace of Jesus dying for us on the cross. It is easier to forget the shame/jealousy/envy/anger/whatever we hold on to when we remember what Jesus had to endure on the cross. It is easier to spread the Good News when we remember why we ourselves need Jesus. It is easier to hope when we remember what Jesus accomplished on the cross.
There is hope for those who are broken. There is hope for those who are hurting. There is hope for those who have lost it all. There is hope for those who are waiting for it all. There is hope for those living in the mundane. There is hope for those who feel lonely. There is hope for those who feel like it’s all too much.