- Hope isn’t blind optimism. Hope isn’t merely a desire for things to work out for good with an underlying fear that it might not. Hope is an assurance that what God has promised is reliable and that what he is doing is best.
- Hope is gospel-founded. [1 Corinthians 3:21-23; Matthew 6:31-33] Everything in the life of the believer is based upon and anchored in the cross of Christ. “For redeemed sinners, every good thing—indeed every bad thing that God turns for good—was obtained for us by the cross of Christ. Apart from the death of Christ, sinners get nothing but judgment. Apart from the cross of Christ, there is only condemnation. Therefore everything that you enjoy in Christ—as a Christian, as a person who trusts Christ—is owing to the death of Christ. And all your rejoicing in all things should therefore be a rejoicing in the cross where all your blessings were purchased for you at the cost of the death of the Son of God, Jesus Christ. One of the reasons we are not as Christ-centered and cross- saturated as we should be is that we have not realized that everything—everything good, and everything bad that God turns for the good of his redeemed children—was purchased by the death of Christ for us. We simply take life and breath and health and friends and everything for granted. We think it is ours by right. But the fact is that it is not ours by right. We are doubly undeserving of it.”
- Hope is gospel-fueled. [Galatians 6:14] All our boasting, all our joy and exaltation is centered in the bloody cross of Jesus. What does that look like? It looks like the world has been crucified to us and we have been crucified to the world. The gospel fuels our affections that should burn white-hot for the things of God and ultimately cause us to be divorced from the love of the things of the earth. Far too often, we look at the things of the earth as the greater thing and we forget that the cross is the greater thing and the center of our boasting. The earth is like a motel we have checked into before we go home.