If you were to render anyone your opinion as an answer to their inquiry, they would be left unsatisfied as soon as they realized the limitations of such opinion. But the gospel answers, not to the symptoms of the problem, but the very cause of it.
You often hear about financial institutions fabricating records to convey profit to prospect investors. You may also hear about manufacturers falsifying test results to try holding on to contracts. It’s not that we need better accounting systems or better reporting systems. What we need is better transparency to the root and cause of the issues as well as an answer that addresses these issues at the root level.
The root level of any problem we can experience in this lifetime here on earth is sin. Sin degenerates life on this earth in every aspect. It brings death even to those not yet born or conceived. It brings death to those who makes us laugh and smile. It brings death even to our love for one another, death to our hope in each other, death to our joy of having each other around.
Wars are fought. Treaties are decided. Lands are settled in and cultivated, and yet the problems never cease.
The gospel announces from afar that there’s light at the end of this tunnel called life on earth. Those who believe it will rejoice upon seeing such light. Those who don’t will feel disappointed and may even beg such light to leave their area.
And such light is shown in such manner:
“ The true light that gives light to everyone was coming into the world. He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him. He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him. Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God— children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God.
The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.” (John 1:11-14)
When you believe, you manifest hope. Hope takes us through the darkest alleys. Hope serves us night-vision goggles to see God even in the darkest tunnel of life on this earth. Hope allows us to love each other, live with each other and expect the best for each other. Hope makes way for us to cherish this earthly life even when many have only seen it for less than a sec. Hope helps us see the light even if it seems so far away.
When you believe in Jesus, he becomes your hope. All the great person he says he is and all the wonderful things he has done, all those magnificent things that we can only imagine can only be received, can only be welcomed through hoping in him. Your spouse hopes in you since the day you made a vow to love and cherish her. Likewise, hope in Jesus since the day you came to knowledge of the vow he made to you. He loves you, has always loved you and will always love you. He will never abandon you, and therefore will return when you least expect it to take you home. Hope in the vows of the covenant he received of God to your benefit:
“I will put my laws in your mind
and write them on your hears.
I will be your God,
and you will be mine.
No longer will they teach you,
or say to you, ‘Know the Lord,’
because you will know me,
from the least of me to the greatest of me.
For I will forgive your wickedness
and will remember your sins no more.” (Hebrews 8:10-12)
And today as you stand believing in Jesus and are asked, “Do you believe this?”, you have said, “I do” to welcome all the great things that this marriage, this covenant between you and God through Christ Jesus.
Yes, tribulations here and there. Just remember that God is in it even passed the end.
“For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 7:38-39)
From your lover, the one you believe in, Christ Jesus, to you:
“In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33)
He overcame the world. He died for the world and rose to life to give life, to give hope passed death to the world. Such hope is called eternal life, the very presence of God in Him in you.
Believe in Jesus, God’s vow to you.
“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” said Jesus (John 3:16)
“Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life.” (1 John 5:12)
Believe in Him, Jesus, to hope in Him.