There Is Hope
By Mark A. Finley
Pushna, a couple hours from Moscow, was a closed city during the Soviet era. Even Russian citizens were forbidden to enter without proper authorization. It was a city in which scientists did research, including research on biological and chemical warfare. After the fall of the Berlin Wall and the demise of Communism, I received an invitation to make three biblical presentations to these scientists in the city’s cultural center.
The last of my talks was about the second coming of Christ. After my presentation I opened the floor for questions. One general theme ran throughout: “Is there hope for our personal lives? Is there hope for our world?”
1Where do people typically look for hope in this world?
The Bible specializes in hope; it is a book of hope. The apostle Paul wrote: “For whatever things were written before were written for our learning, that we through the patience and comfort of the Scriptures might have hope” (Rom. 15:4).
2In what ways is the Bible a book of hope?
The word “hope” is mentioned more than 125 times in the Bible. The apostle Paul used the word 41 times; it was one of his favorite words. Do you have a favorite verse, Bible story, or Bible character that for you demonstrate the type of hope Christians need in today’s world?
3Read Romans 8:15-17. How does being adopted into God’s family affect you personally?
4Read Romans 5:1-5. List three things that contribute to the hope we have in Christ.
Being Christian doesn’t mean an absence of heartache, or that the devil leaves us alone. It means simply that we have a hope in something outside ourselves. When we are in need of spiritual support, the Holy Spirit reminds us that our hope is not in ourselves.
5Beyond the spiritual resources provided by the Holy Spirit, what is the church’s great hope as we look toward an uncertain future? Read John 14:1-3.
Christ not only came once—He is coming again. His return is the only hope for this poverty-stricken, polluted, war-riddled, diseased, and death-plagued planet.
6 Read 1 John 5:13. Not only can we look forward to the return of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ—what marvelous hope do we have through Jesus, by Jesus, and in Jesus now?
Eternal life is a present reality for all who put their hope in Christ. The bondage of sin is broken; we are no longer slaves to sin—we are sons and daughters of God.
7Read Titus 2:11-14. In what ways is Christ’s return “the blessed hope”? Where should we put our focus as we look for Christ’s second coming?
8The Bible mentions the return of our Lord 1,500 times. The prophets from Moses to John declare that Jesus is coming again. His return is a constant theme from Genesis to Revelation. What does Christ’s return mean to you personally?
Jesus has a plan for us. He has a plan for this world. His plan and purposes will be victorious. Let your heart be filled with hope. He is our Savior, our Lord, and our coming King. That’s something with which we can fill our hearts with hope today.