By: Wendy Souzis - Athletics Administrative Assistant 
Hope. Dictionary.com defines this word as “a feeling of expectation and desire for a certain thing to happen”. Isn’t that what we are all experiencing right now, to an extent? We hope it won’t be much longer before we’re out of quarantine. We hope we’ll be able to see our loved ones again soon. We hope sports will be back before too long. There are a great number of things we could use to fill in that blank. And while these are true and important for many of us, greater than anything we could insert in that blank, is the hope we have in Jesus Christ.

Benjamin Franklin is thought to have said, “In this world, nothing is certain except death and taxes.” He was right about death. When we attend a funeral, it is a solemn reminder of our own mortality. Scripture addresses this, as well.

Death is certain.
Hebrews 9:27 “Just as people are destined to die once, and after that to face judgment.”

Sin separates us from God and sin leads to death.
Romans 3:23 “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.”

But that’s not the end of the story! Because of God’s great love for us, He sent His Son to atone (make amends for) OUR sins, OUR mistakes.

Christ died a horrible death on a cross in our place.
Romans 5:8 “But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.”
Romans 6:23 “For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

That is where HOPE comes in…

On the third day, Christ arose! The grave could not hold him.
Matthew 28:6a “He is not here; he has risen, just as he said.”

Death does not get the final say! Christ was victorious over the grave, and because of the empty tomb, we have the hope of eternal life with Him if we will accept this free gift. Hallelujah! In these uncertain times, may you find Christ Jesus as your eternal, living hope!

 Phil Wickham - Living Hope (Official Lyric Video)

(Source: Wendy Souzis, [email protected])