Hope and Hopelessness

Hope. It's everywhere. You live off it even when you don't think you do.

It has a way of calming and soothing your soul amidst the uncertainties of life. Try this for an example of what I mean: you cut your finger and put a band aid on. Why? Because you have hope that it is going to heal. Not hope in the sense that you wish that it would heal, but a more certain hope that it actually will (probably because of the way that injuries have healed countless other times). Or take driving for example. What about when you drive your car? It might break down... but if you have a mobile, and are a member of the RACQ then you probably feel ok about this possibility. Why? Because there is hope – hope that someone will come for you when you are in trouble; this hope of yours is not an uncertain thing, it is not a wish, it is sure and certain. Someone will come.

Yet when hope vanishes human flourishing tends to vanish along with it.

We struggle to live without hope. Have you ever heard anyone say in an offhanded way that a situation was hopeless? I have. In fact, I have said it many times. It’s easy to say it and it’s easy to overstate the nature of a situation. But have you ever been in a situation that was actually hopeless? Have you ever had that caustic feeling in your gut that the place that you are in is totally devoid of hope? That’s a soul killer. It’s a kind of emotional quick sand. It’s only a matter of time until you slip under the surface and vanish from the face of the earth.

We need someone to bring hope in a hopeless situation.

Easter is about hope and hopelessness.

Let’s start with Good Friday. What makes Good Friday good? If it is the true story of the execution of an innocent man, how can that be good? Because it guarantees hope. The execution of God’s only son Jesus, did away with hopelessness once and for all. It dealt with a situation that was truly hopeless – your indebtedness to God – and paved the way for you to re-join His family. Being part of his family doesn’t mean that you will not feel hopeless sometimes, but it does mean that no situation will ever be categorically hopeless anymore.

He has come for you.

He is with you.

He will help you.