Consider the Names of Jesus: Hope

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by Nicole Moore

Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we boast in the hope of the glory of God.
Romans 5:1-2

I chose hope. Or should I say, I choose hope.

Hope. What a wonderful word.  What a wonderful thing to have.

We have lots of passing hopes in our lives. Hope for a new day.  Hope for the snow to finally melt away at my house.  Hope for spring flowers.  Hope for a cure.  Hope the washing machine will last just two more loads.  Hope you have a good birthday.

Often when I see that word, it poses questions in my mind. It focuses me in on real hope and where it lies.  What is my hope?  Where is my hope?  What am I hoping for?

Every time the same Edward Mote hymn lyrics pop into my head, “My hope is built on nothing less than Jesus’ blood and righteousness.”  Then of course the tune and words are stuck in my head all day, and there’s nothing wrong with that. I enjoy having those words float through my head.  I’m so thankful there are verses and hymns that answer these random questions and point me to Christ.  I need the constant reminder.  I “wholly lean on Jesus’ name.”  “I rest on his unchanging grace.”  “He then is all my hope and stay.”  He is there for us in darkness and floods and gales.  He is always there.  He is unchanging.  I can depend on Him.  I can rest in Him.

Romans 5 reminds us to boast in the hope of the glory of God, and that when our hope is properly placed there, we are not disappointed.

Even the end of the hymn reads “When he shall come with trumpet sound.” He’s coming back for us!  That is the ultimate hope.  I rest all of my hope in Him, the solid rock on which I stand.

 

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My Hope Is Built

Text: Edward Mote, 1797-1874

My hope is built on nothing less

than Jesus’ blood and righteousness.

I dare not trust the sweetest frame,

but wholly lean on Jesus’ name.

Refrain:

On Christ the solid rock I stand,

all other ground is sinking sand;

all other ground is sinking sand.

When Darkness veils his lovely face,

I rest on his unchanging grace.

In every high and stormy gale,

my anchor holds within the veil.

(Refrain)

His oath, his covenant, his blood

supports me in the whelming flood.

When all around my soul gives way,

he then is all my hope and stay.

(Refrain)

When he shall come with trumpet sound,

O may I then in him be found!

Dressed in his righteousness alone,

faultless to stand before the throne!

(Refrain)

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Our Hope in a Baby

For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders.
Isaiah 9:6a

It is amazing to me that God would choose to come into this world as a baby.  He could have come like some kind of mighty superman, or a Greek god with wings on his feet, or something else that fits our image of God’s power.  However, he chose to come as a weak, delicate baby.  God chose to become an infant.  Jesus is LORD, but a baby cannot walk or talk.  A baby is completely dependent on its parents for protection.

 

In Japanese, “child” can be translated as “Midori-go”.  “Midori” means “green” and “go” means “kid”.  Green brings up the image of sprouts or young leaves—this is the image of new life, of budding potential.  With this in mind, the choice to become a baby is one filled with tremendous hope.  But this hope was not for His own sake—it was for ours.  Christ was born for us.

 

Christ came to serve us.  If He came as a muscular superhero, we would struggle to understand and recognize His service.  Because He became a lowly baby, because He became one of us, we can better appreciate the way in which Christ served.  Praise the LORD that He came down to this world in a form that would have the deepest impact on us!

 

As I read our Japanese-English Bible with its side-by-side translations, I noticed something very interesting.  The English NIV translated the verse as “and the government will be on his shoulders”, but the Japanese used the word “shuken” rather than “government”.  “Shuken” translates more closely to “sovereignty” or “dominion”.

 

This passage is trying to impart the fact that Christ reigns over all the earth; in the birth of this baby boy, God shows us how powerful He truly is.

Written by Tomomi Gibson in Japanese, translated by Nate Gibson, with help from Tomomi.