HOPE OF THE FATHER
HOPE De Pere – What does this mean for Christ the Rock De Pere?
As we look back at 2015 it was a year of change and transition for us as a church. Change is hard and at times can seem hopeless and it is through those times we can give up. Unless there is HOPE – HOPE of the Father
In Romans 8:18 Pauls says
18 I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us.
Paul is talking about circumstances that he was going through along with others who may relate with could relate with Paul in this suffering. For many of us when we go through difficult times we may just tell ourselves, “it must be God telling me to move on” where God is really saying in James 1:2-4
2 Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, 3 knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. 4 And let endurance have its perfect result, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.
This kind of faith, endurance, and patience only comes though HOPE at the end of the road and beyond this life. As Christ Followers we have a Hope that the world cannot offer, a living Hope, it is an eternal HOPE, that only can be found in Christ. For those that don’t know Christ, they do not have this eternal Hope, but they may have temporary Hope which only leads to emptiness and feeling HOPEless once again.
In a shortened and summarized version of the second law of thermodynamics is states, that everything in the universe is decaying. Something that is new and fresh will eventually decay and die and this is just basic physics. That Christmas tree you have in your house at Christmas time will eventually decay and die. A pretty flower that looks very new and alive in the spring and in the fall it looks sad and then decays and dies. This law was created because of sin and in that law there is not a whole lot of hope if someone doesn’t know the Creator. We are birthed into this world and at some point in time we die with no HOPE in God if we don’t know him.
Philosopher, Bertrand Russell was an outspoken atheist and he wrote a book called “Why I Am Not A Christian”. When Russell was 81 years old, he was interviewed on a BBC radio talk show. The interviewer asked him what he had to hang onto when death was obviously so close. Russell responded, “I have nothing to hang onto but grim, unyielding despair.” You see, when you live only for this life, when you invest your life in the flesh, when you think that this is all there is, you can’t help but live in despair.
Paul shares this frustration in Romans 8:20
For the creation was subjected to frustration, not by its own choice, but by the will of the one who subjected it
There is HOPE – HOPE of the Father. This phrase came to me one day as I was thinking about this new season but it came to me in a different way. I asked my wife one day, what does the word “De Pere” mean. I knew it was a French word and I knew my wife would know what this meant. It means “of the Father” so for Christ the Rock it is “Hope De Pere” is the HOPE of the Father. We have this HOPE!. We not only receive this Hope but now we are to give this Hope, to those around us, to those that don’t know Christ, to those that need to hear the message of the Hope of the Father.
Paul says later on in Romans 8: 23-25
23 Not only so, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for our adoption to sonship, the redemption of our bodies. 24 For in this hope we were saved. But hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what they already have? 25 But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently.
We are saved from the second law of thermodymamics in this HOPE that we will be with Christ in Heaven. The HOPE of the Father is that God so loved the world that He would give His only Son that if we believe in Him we will have eternal life. We have HOPE beyond this world, eternal and living in us. THIS IS THE HOPE OF THE FATHER. HOPE DE PERE.