Hope. A beautiful word, isn’t it?
In today’s world we associate the word “hope” with “wishful thinking”. For example, I hope I get the promotion. I hope the test results are good.
This is not the “hope” I refer to when speaking of our Blessed Hope. No, there is no wishful thinking.
The Hope referred to in Titus, the Hope that gets me through each day, that motivates my every moment…that Hope is much more substantial. Instead of wishful thinking, it can be defined as excited anticipation. Like a child awaiting Christmas, we are awaiting the moment we will finally see Jesus Christ face to face.
Technically, the Blessed Hope is the guaranteed return of Jesus to the earth; when He will establish lasting peace and justice.
Whether I meet Him in the air upon that trumpet sound without meeting death, or I go by natural means through death, I will be awaiting His face with every breath He gives me.
You see, He IS coming back! This isn’t some pipe dream. It is REALITY. The only reality is HE IS the great I AM and He IS coming back!
11 For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men, 12 teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in the present age, 13 looking for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, 14 who gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from every lawless deed and purify for Himself His own special people, zealous for good works. Titus 2: 11-14