Wednesday, April 16, 2014

True Hope

 The tomb is empty - without this, we would have no hope

All these people were still living by faith when they died. They did not receive the things promised; they only saw them and welcomed them from a distance, admitting that they were foreigners and strangers on earth. 
(Heb 11:13)

Saints of old clutched tightly to a sure hope
Trusting One bigger, although they wouldn't survive
To witness the fulfillment of ancient oath
Forever confident in a faraway countryside
Securely grasping that this territory is not our true home
Perfect Master felt deserted in the garden, weeping in profound anguish
Yet never losing hope despite all He would lose
He freely walked the trail of suffering, knowing He would perish
His closest friends walked away, but it was still love He would choose
The agony, atonement, spilling of blood, this was not the end 
For new life, fresh hope, rolling away of stone, this is where life truly begins

Perhaps the transformation of the disciples of Jesus is the greatest evidence of all for the resurrection, because it is entirely uncontrived. They do not invite us to look at themselves, as they invite us to look at the empty tomb and the collapsed graveclothes and the Lord whom they had seen. We can see the change in them without being asked to look. The men who figure in the pages of the Gospels are new and different men in the Acts of the Apostles, the New Testament book that tells the story of the first Christians. The death of their Master left them despondent, disillusioned and near to despair. But in Acts they emerge as those who risk their lives for the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and who turn the world upside down. [1]

My Prayer

Holy presence sink deeper within
carving out more of me
making larger your home
mold me like clay
abide, Abba

invade deeper into the hollow
that holds anger, anxiety, control
dive deep into this space
transform, purify
indwell, sweet lover

when I doubt and my feet slip
remind me who I am
hold me 
cleanse me
forgive me 
renew, Holy Rescuer

[1] John W. Stott, Basic Christianity (Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans Publishing, 2008), 70.

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