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Jesus Is the Hope of the World

Jesus Is Alive–He’s the Promised Messiah and the Hope of the World

Happy Easter!

How can we know that Jesus is the Messiah? Is our belief based on a blind shot in the dark? Or is there something supernatural about the life of Jesus?

Why have so many brilliant men and women (such as Isaac Newton and Martin Luther King, Jr.) been convinced that there is something more than this natural world? Part of that reason is because the Bible somehow transcended time–and told of a coming Savior–hundreds and even thousands of years before he was born.

How else could we trust the claims of anyone saying they were a messiah who deserved to be worshiped? Even if this messiah appeared in heaven with all of his angels with him, how would we know we could trust him–without a supernatural confirmation? This is what the Old Testament was–a road map leading us to the true Messiah. Every part of the story, from the sacrifice of Isaac to the Exodus and beyond, is imbued with types and shadows of Jesus. The Law points us to Jesus. The Feasts point us to Jesus. The prophets point us to Jesus. Here is a list of some of those fulfilled prophecies:

http://www.accordingtothescriptures.org/prophecy/353prophecies.html

Last week, the small community I live in suffered a great loss. One of our young people, a precious friend of my daughter, was killed in the line of duty as a police officer by a “skinhead” who was robbing  a bank. This was Trevor’s first day alone on the job. The young man grew up in our community and was greatly loved. His parents were grieved and kissing his body. Do we tell these parents there is no hope to see their son again?

No! We have the hope that there is something more than this life. And through the Old Testament we can trust that Jesus has come to us through a source that is beyond this world. We live in a mysterious universe. Do we know what’s out there?

Do we know for sure that there is no justice system in the universe? This is what the life of Christ fulfills. Justice. According to the apostle Paul’s letter to the Roman church, “the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” (Romans 6:23) Because Jesus led a sinless life, the universal justice system declared that Jesus didn’t deserve death. That’s why he was raised from the dead! And Jesus said”

“I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live.”   (John 11:25) 

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About Diana Lesperance

I'm passionate about Jesus and I love to defend the gospel of grace and truth. I have a large and active family that keeps me busy and overwhelmed on a daily basis.

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Why am I WAITING for “Shalom?”

"They tell how you turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God, and to wait for his Son from heaven . . ."
(1 Thessalonians 1:9b-10a)

The word "shalom" in the Hebrew has many meanings which indicate restoration, renewal, friendship, peace, safety and so on. At one time, God placed his creation in a perfect garden--a place of safety, security, provision and peace--and we disobeyed God, losing 1) our relationship with God and 2) paradise.

Since that time, we've attempted to bring back both of these losses in our own way. Religion is our attempt to gain back our relationship with God, and politics is our attempt to gain back paradise.

The solution to both of these losses is the gospel of Jesus Christ. Yet the world refuses to believe the good news! Instead they try to attain the restoration--the shalom--in their own way through their own effort.

I believe that the kingdom of God is restored in the hearts of men as they receive Christ's finished work, but the kingdom of God doesn't come physically to earth until Christ comes.

Any effort to bring about the promise ahead of time in our own strength is akin to Abraham going to Hagar for fulfillment of the promise instead of waiting with Sarah for the birth of the promised child through whom the nations of the earth would be blessed.

The evangelical church is rushing en masse to bring about shalom through their own effort, power, and influence. Men like Bill Hybels, Rick Warren, Jim Wallis, and Donald Miller are losing their faith in the promise of Christ that he would prepare a place for them and they're attempting to restore paradise now.

I want to let it be known that I'm WAITING for shalom. I won't be a part of their dream. They are moving ahead of God rather than waiting on God and they will create another Ishmael as a result.

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