9th November 2020

Hope Springs Eternal 

“Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”
Romans 15:13 (NKJV)

‘Hope springs eternal’. This expression was coined by Alexander Pope (An Essay on Man, 1732) and quickly became proverbial. There is an element of truth in this statement. Hope springs eternal in the human heart. Hope is remarkably resilient, but for many there comes a time when hope runs out. Such was the case for two of Jesus’ disciples as they made their way to Emmaus after the events in Jerusalem that had culminated in Jesus’ crucifixion. These two disciples of Jesus were convinced of his Messiahship and had put all their hope in Jesus and new life. But when Jesus was crucified, died and was buried the hope of a better tomorrow for these two disciples of Jesus had ended, or so they thought.

The two disciples of Jesus were walking to a village called Emmaus, which was seven miles from Jerusalem (Luke 24: 13-26). They talked together about all these things which had happened. While they conversed and reasoned, Jesus Himself drew near and went with them. After discussing the events concerning Jesus, they said, “But we were hoping that it was He who was going to redeem Israel.” (Verse 21a). We read further in verses 30-32, “Now it came to pass, as He sat at the table with them, that He took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to them. Then their eyes were opened and they knew Him; and He vanished from their sight.” Before Jesus vanished, He said to them, “O foolish ones, and slow of heart to believe in all that the prophets have spoken! Ought not the Christ to have suffered these things and to enter into His glory?” (verses 25-26). Taking our eyes off of Jesus is a sure way to lose hope. The hope of mankind is in the future as it says in Jeremiah 29:11, “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.”

Hope is not something we can see, and in order to have hope we must have faith. Hebrews 11:1 reminds us, “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” The focus of the two disciples of Jesus on the road to Emmaus was on the physical and their hope was dashed when Jesus was crucified. With the present state of this world, it’s no wonder that people seem to be losing hope. Hope is a gracious gift given by God through His Son Jesus Christ. “Now may our Lord Jesus Christ Himself, and our God and Father, who has loved us and given us everlasting consolation and good hope by grace,” (2 Thessalonians 2:16).

Prayer
Dear Lord, for everyone who is struggling today, may they feel your love, strength, and comfort, that they will rise with fresh hope through faith in you and your beloved Son, Jesus, who suffered and died to give hope to all mankind. In Jesus’ name.
Amen 

Study by Dennis Payne

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About the Author:
Dennis Payne is a Deacon in the North London Congregation of Grace Communion International.

Local Congregation:
Grace Communion International London
Indian YMCA
Mahatma Gandhi Hall
41 Fitzroy Square
LONDON
W1T 6AQ

Meeting Time:
Saturday 2:30pm

Local Congregational Contact:
Barry Robinson
Email:   london@gracecom.church

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