Column: Hope means much more than wishes

Hope is a really interesting word.

We use the word today to mean, “I wish.” But hope, in the Bible, is far more than wishful thinking. Hope means to look forward with confidence or expectation. Hope is to believe, desire or trust. Hope is about the future. It is the belief that the future can and will be better than the present and the past.

I find it interesting that in the New Testament, the word “hope” occurs one time before the resurrection of Jesus Christ, and that’s in the book of Matthew. However, it occurs more than 80 times after the resurrection of Christ. The resurrection is the source of incredible hope. Because Jesus Christ rose from the grave, hope is alive.

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