Misplaced Hope

Luke 24:13-35 was the account of Jesus’ interception of two men talking on the road to Emmaus. Jesus asked them in verse 17, “…What kind of conversation is this that you have with one another as you walk and are sad?” They recounted for Him what had taken place. Verse 21 says, “But we were hoping that it was He who was going to redeem Israel…”

The disciples did not understand. They had misplaced hope. The Lord had to first open their understanding so that they could grasp and comprehend what He was going to tell them. Luke 24:45 says, “And He opened their understanding, that they might comprehend the Scriptures.”

We too need to have our understanding opened. That was a prayer Paul made for the church in Ephesus. It is one that we can pray for ourselves and others. Ephesians 1:17-18 says, “That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory may give you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him, the eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints.”

We misplace our hope when we put it on anything other than the Lord. He is the only Surety that we can have in this life. In a moment our entire life can change with events that we have no control over. Sin entered the world through Adam and Eve’s disobedience. We live in a time in history of worldwide chaos. 1 Corinthians 15:19 says, “If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men the most pitiable.”

Hope is eternal. All true hope is based in the resurrection of Jesus. 1 Peter 1:3 says, “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His abundant mercy has begotten us again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.”

Jesus’ resurrection also gives us anchoring hope in this life. The same power that God used to raise Jesus from the dead is IN us. Paul’s prayer for enlightenment continued with Ephesians 1:19. The Amplified says, “And (so that you can know and understand) what is the immeasurable and unlimited and surpassing greatness of His power in and for us who believe, as demonstrated in the working of His mighty strength.”

I can’t leave out Ephesians 3:20-21. We live and move and have our being in this verse. It says, “Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works IN us, to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.”

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