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An Encouraging Word

Hope in the Word

Throughout my life Scripture has encouraged and spoken to me. While living in Sudan I could identify with David crying out to God in the Psalms.

I cry out to the Lord; I plead for the Lord’s mercy. I pour out my complaints before him and tell him all my troubles. When I am overwhelmed, you alone know the way I should turn.” (Psalm 142: 1-3)

Living and working in challenging locations has given me a greater understanding of his thoughts and feelings.

The Word

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Christ fulfills scripture

Paul in Romans 15:4 encourages believers to find hope in Scripture,

Such things were written in the Scriptures long ago to teach us. And the Scriptures give us hope and encouragement as we wait patiently for God’s promises to be fulfilled.”

The 66 books of the Bible, one Author with 40 writers, spans 1500 years and includes history, poetry, and wisdom. The Book describes God’s dramatic interaction with people.

The Old Testament prophets point to events that would occur hundreds of years later:

  • Daniel 2 and 8 – the rise of Alexander the Great and the Roman Empire.
  • Zechariah 12:10-13:1 – a description of the crucifixion of Christ.
  • Isaiah 53 – the sufferings of Jesus.

Prophecies express the supernatural inspiration of the Bible. When people examine Scripture, taking into account the miraculous and historical elements, they discover an authenticity that points to one, perfect person – Jesus Christ.

The authenticity of scripture

Bruce Metzger wrote in Chapters In The History of New Testament Textual Criticism that the New Testament is 99.5% textually accurate. No other ancient manuscript has this kind of accuracy. Over 5400 New Testament manuscripts point to its authenticity.

Our hope is in Christ

Since Christ fulfills Scripture and promises eternal life to those who believe in Him, our confidence and hope rest in Him. As followers of Jesus hope is not in homes, jobs, friendships, or anything offered by this world. Hope is in Christ.

The challenge

Place your hope in the person of Jesus Christ, the fulfillment of Scripture. He is the unchanging, everlasting promise you can hold onto.

In what ways have you struggled to put your hope in Jesus? Share your comments below.

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