Sunday Afternoon Pause: Chapter 10 Hope!
Welcome home to Sunday Afternoon Pause. You're invited to find a quiet place to be renewed and refreshed and to spend time in His presence. Few things nourish us more than time set apart to follow the thoughts of our hearts. Join me for a cup of coffee or tea and settle in.
Hello girlfriends, welcome! I wanted to fill you in on a new series I'm writing to inspire and encourage you. It's titled, "Hope: Where There Was No Hope!" It will highlight events in the Bible that were opportunities for God's miraculous plans to unfold, plans of deliverance, provision, and compassion. These examples will remind you that the Lord can bring hope to your circumstances as well.
Hope: Where There Was No Hope!
As only Jesus could He came for the sin stained and brokenhearted. The crowd watched Him be crucified, the believer’s hope was gone. Their Messiah was dead. But for some the whisper of His words continued to echo. "After three days…after three days…", “He is not here; for He is risen, as He said.” Matthew 28:6
His Resurrection brings us hope for He has conquered sin! My sin and your sin. This hope continues to be for those who feel left out, who are misunderstood and skeptical. It is for the person who has been devastated. The account of His Resurrection is hope, where there was no hope.
In particular I love that our resurrected Savior came alongside the two men who were walking on the Road to Emmaus. Warren Wiersbe's commentary tells us, "He came to the perplexed hearts, troubled hearts and to the two men on the Road to Emmaus who had discouraged hearts. "So it was, while they conversed and reasoned, that Jesus Himself drew near and went with them." Luke 24:15. Jesus opened the scripture to them, and then He opened their eyes so they recognized Him. The fact that Jesus had vanished did not mean that He abandoned them, for He was with them even thought they could not see Him."
These are promising words for us as well. Jesus walked with them and He walks with us. Even though we can't see Him, He never leaves us. He comes alongside to help and encourage us and to carry us if need be. We can boldly come to His throne in celebration of His resurrection!
"But this I call to mind, and therefore I have hope: the steadfast love of the Lord never ceases, His mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is Thy faithfulness. "The Lord is my portion," says my soul, "therefore I will hope in Him." The Lord is good to those who hope in Him." Lamentations 3:21-25
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