Our Hope in Christ
Without Christ, we are without hope in the world. The Christian hope is not a mere desire for things to get better nor is it wishful thinking. Our hope is real because our hope is Jesus Christ, who is the giver of true hope. Christ has promised to keep us and protect us. No one can pluck you out of Christ’s hand because Christ’s hand is in the Father’s hand. it is this hope that we must focus on during bereavement. When you are tempted to despair hold on to the truth of hope in Christ.
In Colossians 3:2-4 the Bible says, “Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth. For ye are dead, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory.” This is a principle for the whole Christian life, but it is more important in times of hardship and sorrow. It is easy to focus on the grief and the situation you are in. Scripture tells us to set our minds on the things above. This is where Christ is, and where our hope is found. The things of the earth can overwhelm us especially when we lose a loved one. Setting your mind on the things above will help during difficult days. Grief is a very powerful emotion. Do not allow earthly things to consume you. Focus on Scripture and spiritual matters.
During those dark days, it is good to remember that the hope of the Christian is a reality. Our hope is built on nothing less than Christ Jesus. He purchased our souls at the cross and gave us hope beyond the grave. The believer does not grieve without hope as the unbeliever without hope does. 1 Thessalonians 4:13 says, “But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope.” This verse assures us of our hope as Christian people. In Christ, we have an inheritance, incorruptible and undefiled that will never fade away (1 Peter 1:4). Peter goes on to write in verse 5 that our great blessing, hope and inheritance is kept by the power of God. What a great blessing and assurance that we are kept by the power of our great God and Father. All those who have died in Christ have gone to be with him, which is far better (Phil 1:23).