The Wonder of Hope

Then I sawheaven opened, and behold,a white horse! The one sitting on it is calledFaithful and True, andin righteousness he judges and makes war. His eyes are like a flame of fire, and on his head aremany diadems, and he hasa name written that no one knows but himself. He is clothed ina robe dipped inblood, and the name by which he is called isThe Word of God. —Revelation 19:11-13

Think about how many things people hope in on a regular basis: people put their hope in their careers, in their families, in their friends. People hope in their favorite sports team; they hope in playing lotto and winning big . . . they hope in the temporary. Do you?

Revelation 19 unpacks the ultimate Kodak moment of who Jesus is today and how we will, one day see Him as our Conquering King. Jesus wants us to hope in more than just the everyday things that have no staying power. He wants us to hope in who He is.

One of the steps toward doing this is identifying the roadblocks that keep us from Him and put our hope into paralysis. Perhaps the most influential roadblock is having an inaccurate view of who Jesus is, but the solution is simple. We need to round out our picture of Jesus by knowing who He is today and add some of the broader strokes that Revelation gives. More than a baby in a manger and even greater than a suffering Savior.

Read the verses from chapter 19 again. A white horse. The symbol for victory. Faithful and true. Someone who will never let you down. He judges and wages war. If it was left to our own idea of justice, we’d depend on a tank and some massive weapons. Our Divine Conqueror has no need of these. In a world that cries of injustice, He’ll settle the score for all that this world has ever seen.

Try to wrap your mind around this: the same One who wore the crown of thorns and died the most painful death imaginable will return to have His day, crowned in diadems. He is eternal. He’s the very Word of God. Ponder these descriptions of Jesus. Meditate on the Truth of His power, His strength, His holiness.

Complete your picture of who He is today and forever. Put your hope in the One who conquered death and your enslavement to sin. Cling to the promise that, though other people deceive you, let you down, and disappoint, your hope is solidly in the One called Faithful and True. Rest in the complete picture of Jesus today. —Ron Zappia

Dear Father, thank You for completing my picture of who You are. You are victory; You are unfailing; You are my Conquering King. There are a lot of temporary things in my life that vie for my attention, tempting me to place my hope in them. Let me meditate on the surpassing, eternal Truth of who You are, and let everything else fade into the background. You are amazing, Jesus, and I love You. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.

  • Have I placed my trust in who Jesus is, instead of who I believe Him to be?     
  • What is the first image that comes to my mind when I think of Jesus? How does completing the picture of who He is help me more actively choose to hope in Him?
  • What would my life look like if I placed my hope in Jesus everyday? What would change?
Always True: 5 Great and Precious Promises of God
Always True: 5 Great and Precious Promises of God 

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What if you believed—truly believed with all confidence that God is with you? How would today go for you if you knew without a doubt that God is in control? What would be different in your life if you were sure God is watching and good? What would you risk if you were certain God is victorious? 

Just how would believing God’s promises change your life?  

Ask the greatest Christian you’ll ever meet if they hold on to God’s promises and they’ll all say yes. Believing that God will do what He promises leads to a great life. The greatest Christian you’ll every meet knows, treasures, and is resting in the promises of God. They cling to these assurances that God gives His people so they can walk by faith while they wait for Him to work.

So what exactly does God promise?  In this topical study of what will always be true, Pastor James MacDonald will explore five great and precious promises that God keeps. Enter into this study with anticipation and faith that the God who makes these promises is faithful and true... always true.