In Christ Alone My Hope Is Found:
Updated: Mar 27, 2019
He is my light, my strength, my song.
True hope is found in Christ alone. Now more than ever, people want to have hope, and in a world where it often seems elusive; it is wonderful to know that in Christ alone we can find confident hope. He is our light, our strength and our song.
This quote, from a much loved and highly inspirational song titled: In Christ Alone, is about the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. It was written and copyrighted by Keith Getty and Stuart Townend in 2001 (Kingsway Music, Thankyou Music).
This is a guest post by Beth Harris. She is a wife, mother, Bible study leader and volunteer editor for markalanwilliams.net.
Sometimes the cares of this world can leave me feeling overwhelmed and hopeless. Lately, in addition to my morning quiet time, I’ve been looking up Bible verses on the subject of hope and I’ve written several of them down. I read them daily and God is giving me hope in Him.
True hope is anchored in Christ alone; not chance or positive thinking. I’m reminded of the lyrics from the hymn My Hope is Built on Nothing Less; written by Edward Mote:
“My hope is built on nothing less Than Jesus Christ, my righteousness; I dare not trust the sweetest frame, But wholly lean on Jesus’ name. On Christ, the solid Rock, I stand; All other ground is sinking sand, All other ground is sinking sand.”
Hope is often based on wishful thinking for the desired outcome of a future event or an optimistic expectation that things will go our way.
It’s good to have hope, but I often wonder and question on whom and what is ones’ hope based on? People may look to themselves, their government, spouse or any number of causes to find hope; all of which are subject to change and disappointment.
But our hope is not based on the uncertainty of temporal things, because Christians find hope in Christ alone. Jesus achieved and won the victory for us, through His blood shed on the cross for our sins and His triumph over death.
In addition, we have the very promises of God’s Word to us through Christ, therefore, we have confidence that what we anticipate will indeed happen. Hebrews 6:18-20 (NLT) says:
So God has given both his promise and his oath. These two things are unchangeable because it is impossible for God to lie. Therefore, we who have fled to him for refuge can have great confidence as we hold to the hope that lies before us. 19 This hope is a strong and trustworthy anchor for our souls. It leads us through the curtain into God’s inner sanctuary. 20 Jesus has already gone in there for us. He has become our eternal High Priest in the order of Melchizedek.
God has given Christians both His promise and His oath, so we can have great confidence and hope in Christ.
In fact, our hope in Christ is a strong and trustworthy anchor for our souls, because Jesus entered into God’s inner sanctuary and has become our eternal High Priest! Therefore, we who have trusted Him as Lord and Savior can have great hope!
In Christ alone, our hope is found because we are:
Forgiven (Ephesians 1:7)
Born again (John 3:3-8)
Transformed (2 Corinthians 5:17)
Reconciled (2 Corinthians 5:18)
Adopted (John 1:12)
Saved (John 3:16-17)
Empowered (Ephesians 3:16)
In Christ alone our hope is found, because He is our light. Have you ever tried finding your way in the dark? It can be dangerous to not see where you’re going. But, in Christ alone we have light and because of Him we are no longer in the dark.
John 12:46 says, “I have come as a light to shine in this dark world, so that all who put their trust in me will no longer remain in the dark.” (NLT)
The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of deep darkness a light has dawned.” Isaiah 9:2 (NIV)
In addition, if you’re feeling downcast or discouraged, Christ is our song. Because of all He has done, He is worthy of praise. Turn to Him because, He will have you singing again!
Isaiah 12:2 says, “Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and will not be afraid; for the Lord God is my strength and my song, and he has become my salvation.” (ESV)
Psalm 40:3 says, “He has given me a new song to sing, a hymn of praise to our God. Many will see what he has done and be amazed. They will put their trust in the LORD.” (NLT)
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