Saturday, April 7, 2012

Easter - #3791 - Chuck Colson: Resurrection Hope: Jesus and Scripture -

As we've talked about the last few days on BreakPoint, Christian hope is not wide-eyed optimism or emotions. Christian hope is based on the certainty of God's promises and His character. And it is evidenced by the fruits of joy, sacrificial love, boldness, and endurance. We see no better example of this kind of hope than in the life of our Savior, especially in the days and hours before His death.  In the garden of Gethsemane, Jesus certainly had cause to abandon hope. His closest friends fell asleep in the time when, as he said, His soul was "overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death." He pled with His Father to take the cup away from Him if it was possible. But there was no other way.  Yet even in that hour of agony, Jesus pressed on. The writer of Hebrews tells us why: "For the joy set before Him, [He] endured the cross, despising its shame."  When the authorities came for Him, and Judas betrayed the Son of Man with a kiss, Jesus showed us the example of hope's boldness. His disciples reached for their swords to protect Him, but Jesus rebuked them. He said, "Do you think I cannot call on my Father, and He will at once put at my disposal more than twelve legions of angels?"  No one could press on like this without hope. But where did it come from? Jesus told the disciples its source in those very moments. He said, "But how then would the Scriptures be fulfilled that say it must happen this way?"  From childhood, Jesus had studied the Word of God. He read from Isaiah's scrolls at the beginning of his public ministry. He had declared Himself to be the Suffering Servant whom Isaiah had foretold.  Read more.........

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