The Blessed Hope of the Believer
Hope is a necessity of life, and the enemy of our souls attempts to drain every ounce of it from us that he possibly can.
Proverbs 13:12 – “Hope deferred makes the heart sick.”
Let’s remember and cling to the words of God through the Apostle Paul:
Romans 15:13 – “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Ghost.”
Also, in spite of the devil’s plan to rob us of all hope, we should remember the blessed hope of the Christian – the return of Lord is imminent!
Titus 2:13 – “Looking for that blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God and our Savior Jesus Christ.”
A few things we can learn from Titus 2:13:
Looking for. We should be expectantly waiting for Jesus’ return. Are we anxiously awaiting His return or do we secretly hope He delays just a little longer?
Hebrews 9:28 – “To those who eagerly wait for Him He will appear a second time, apart from sin, unto salvation.”
One thing is certain- as things increasingly worsen in the world scene, we will once again begin to “eagerly wait for Him.”
Jesus’ divinity. Jesus is our great God and Savior, and none other than God Himself. Titus 2:13 is such a wonderful proof text of His divinity, and only one of many scriptures that attest to Jesus’ deity.
Hebrews 1:8 – “But unto the Son he saith, Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever.”
Revelation 1:8 – “I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty.”
Colossians 2:9 – “For in Him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily.”
Also read John 1:1, John 5:18, John 10:30-33, and Philippians 2:6-11.
Jesus’ return. Titus 2:13 also speaks about Jesus’ soon return of which we should be waiting for with anxious anticipation.
Revelation 1:7 – “Behold, He cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see Him, and they also which pierced Him: and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of Him. Even so, Amen.”
Hebrews 10:37 – “For yet a little while, And He who is coming will come and will not tarry.”
Revelation 22:20 – “He who testifies these things saith, Surely I come quickly. Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus.”
With all that is taking place in our world today, it is abundantly clear the return of Lord is at hand. One cannot turn on the news without wondering, “What kind of new chaos is going ensue today?”
From the riots in various places, ISIS in Iraq, Syria, Yemen and abroad, their persecution and slaughter of Christians and threats against the US, the US border crisis, the shootng at the FT. Lauderdale airport and much more.
Luke 21:26 – “Men’s hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth.”
James 5:8 was never more true than it is today, “the coming of the Lord draweth nigh.” Let’s long for Jesus’ return with anxious anticipation.