Our Hope in the Living Christ
As we have received our hope in the living Christ, may we be a light unto the world in these unprecedented times, serving God who has given us “the hope of eternal life”…
A message shared with the moms of our neighbourhood ministry during the worldwide Covid-19 crisis about putting our hope in the living Christ, the fulfillment of the covenant between God the promise keeper and man, His creation. “O Lord, the great and awesome God, who keeps His covenant and lovingkindness for those who love Him and keep His commandments” (NIV, 1973, Daniel 9:4).
From the beginning of creation when Satan, as the serpent, tempted Adam and Eve to eat the forbidden fruit, God said of the descendants of Eve, “He will crush your head, and you will strike his heel” (NIV, 1973, Genesis 3:15). This is the first foreshadowing in scripture of the coming of Jesus, the Son of God, who would make the ultimate sacrifice for our sins to defeat Satan, “because the devil has been sinning from the beginning. The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the devil’s work” (NIV, 1973, 1 John 3:8).
Jesus understood “all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God” (NIV, 1973, Romans 3:23), since man is prone to sin, thereby breaking the covenant relationship with God. Jesus came to us to receive both the blessings and punishments for the covenant established with Israel. “He himself bore our sins in his body on the cross, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness” (NIV, 1973, 1 Peter 2:24).
“For God did not appoint us to suffer wrath but to receive salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ” (NIV, 1973, 1 Thessalonians 5:9-10). By grace alone, through the redemptive work of Jesus Christ on the cross, we can be “children of the light and children of the day. We do not belong to the night or to the darkness” (NIV, 1973, 1 Thessalonians 5:5).
As we have received our hope in the living Christ, may we be a light unto the world in these unprecedented times, serving God who has given us “the hope of eternal life, which God, who does not lie, promised before the beginning of time” (NIV, 1973, Titus 1:2).
May we in turn, share this hope with those around us, as the outpouring of our thankfulness for belonging to “a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light” (NIV, 1973, 1 Peter 2:9).
Hyne-Ju Huizenga is an Instructor in the MA Leadership program. Born in Changwon, South Korea, she spent three months living in 18 different countries in Europe, before getting married in Paris, France. Hyne-Ju has also lived in a number of cities throughout the U.S., China, and Mexico, as well as multiple cities in Canada, including Toronto and Chilliwack. She currently resides in Vancouver, B.C.