The painful realities of this world we live in are constant. Moment by moment we are reminded that something has gone terribly wrong. We're reminded that we, humanity, are broken, and that no matter how hard we strive, we can't fix ourselves or the mess we're in. Through terror, war, injustice, and oppression we're reminded of the sickness of our hearts. Through sickness, pain, cancer, and death we're reminded of the fragility of our bodies. Our hopes, so quickly placed in the fleeting chance that someone or something might come along and intervene thus making things right, are in a moment dashed, and we're quickly reminded once again of the world in which we live, and we're left once again, hopeless.
Not All Is Lost
But not all is lost. The bible tells us that a person has come to put things back the way they were intended. Over 2,000 years ago, Jesus entered into human history as a humble baby, born of a virgin, in a manger. There was nothing in this baby that should have caused us to immediately recognize him, and if not for God shining his star brightly over him (Matthew 2:2), no one would have. This baby would grow into a boy who would eventually grow into a man with the simple identity of a carpenter's son (Matthew 13:55). But eventually, Jesus would enter the scene in a new way. He would enter with power and authority that was formerly unseen, and with a message that was unheard (Mark 1:14-15, 27). Jesus entered human history as the light that would shine into the darkest of places, exposing the sins and brokenness of humanity and revealing our need for a savior (Mark 4:21; John 1:9; 8:12). He came proclaiming a kingdom that was unlike any other kingdom, a kingdom that would begin so humble and small, but would eventually spread its growth throughout the entire world (Mark 4:30-32).
This kingdom did not come without a cost. Jesus went to a cross and died a brutal death in place of humanity. The death he died was to take upon himself the wrath of God that is due to all people for our rebellion against The Creator. The death he died was to defeat the enemies of Satan and sin, and the ultimate enemy death. Three days after his death, he rose from the grave, and in so doing he won the victory that we couldn't on our own, and he now sits in heaven at the right hand of God as the ruling King of all.
In Christ alone is our hope for the ways of this world to be changed once and for all, and because he has already been dashed at the cross, our hopes for a new reality remain intact.
A New Reality
The bible ends by telling us what the new reality will look like!
Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more. And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, "Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God. He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, more pain anymore, for the former things have passed away." (Revelation 21:1-4)
Some of us are without hope. We see and feel the realities of this life, and despair and lostness overwhelms us.
The declaration of the gospel is that there is hope! Jesus came proclaiming his kingdom, and he promised that he will one day come again and bring it to its completion. He is coming! We have hope. Reality will be made new.
Christ is all!