Terrorism, politics, illness, heartbreak, loss…
Sometimes this broken world feels too painful. Too hard.
And I remember Solomon’s words:
History merely repeats itself. It has all been done before. Nothing under the sun is truly new. Ecclesiastes 1:9
No, I’m not trying to totally depress you this Good Friday; especially when I promised you hope.
Jesus stepped into a painfully dark time in history. Roman dominance. Temple dissension. Hurting broken people. Nothing new under the sun.
But Jesus did give us new. NEW that He alone could give. New life. Changed life. Purposeful life. Redeemed life. Abundant life. Eternal life.
New! And that gives hope. Real hope. Hope that you and I can trust every promise He made. So, clothe yourself with hope today. Let go of fear, anger, frustration, hopelessness, and embrace the truth of the Good Friday to Easter to Forever through the promises of Jesus.
Promises you can count on in this nothing new under the sun world. Because under the Son, everything is new and full of life.
20 Promises of Jesus that will Give You Hope
“God blesses those who are poor and realize their need for Him, for the Kingdom of Heaven is theirs.” Matthew 5:3
Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light.” Matthew 11:28–30
Jesus told him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me.” John 14:6
“I am the light of the world. If you follow me, you won’t have to walk in darkness, because you will have the light that leads to life.” John 8:12
Then Jesus told her, “I am the Messiah!” John 4:26
Jesus told her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Anyone who believes in me will live, even after dying.” John 11:25
“Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and He will give you everything you need.” Matthew 6:33
“Yes, I am the vine; you are the branches. Those who remain in me, and I in them, will produce much fruit. For apart from me you can do nothing.” John 15:5
Jesus said to the people who believed in Him, “You are truly my disciples if you remain faithful to my teachings. And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” John 8:31–32
“And now I will send the Holy Spirit, just as my Father promised.” Luke 24:49
Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Matthew 28:20
“Don’t let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God, and trust also in me. There is more than enough room in my Father’s home. If this were not so, would I have told you that I am going to prepare a place for you? When everything is ready, I will come and get you, so that you will always be with me where I am. John 14:1–3
“I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid. Remember what I told you: I am going away, but I will come back to you again.” John 14:27–28
“I will send you the Advocate—the Spirit of truth. He will come to you from the Father and will testify all about me.” John 15:26
“I am praying not only for these disciples but also for all who will ever believe in me through their message.” John 17:20
Jesus said, “I am. And you will see the Son of Man seated in the place of power at God’s right hand and coming on the clouds of heaven.” Mark 14:62
“I am the Alpha and the Omega—the beginning and the end,” says the Lord God. “I am the one who is, who always was, and who is still to come—the Almighty One.” Revelation 1:8
“Don’t be afraid! I am the First and the Last. I am the living one. I died, but look—I am alive forever and ever! And I hold the keys of death and the grave. Revelation 1:17–18
“Look, I am coming soon, bringing my reward with me to repay all people according to their deeds. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End.” Revelations 22:12–13
For all of God’s promises have been fulfilled in Christ with a resounding “Yes!” And through Christ, our “Amen” (which means “Yes”) ascends to God for his glory. 2 Corinthians 1:20
Father, Thank you for Jesus. Draw me close. Not just this weekend as I remember His death and celebrate His resurrection, but every day. Always. Help me cling to the hope You give even when the world around me seems dark and ugly. I thank and praise You for the gift of hope I have in Jesus. In His precious name, Amen.
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