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13:12 Hope Deferred

Thursday, April 22nd, 2010

Charles Spurgeon found hope.

Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but when the desire comes it is a tree of life. Proverbs 13:12.

Again and again we read similar stories. Charles Spurgeon tells how miserable he was as a young man longing for salvation from his sins, and what relief he experienced when he learned to look to Jesus. George Whitefield prayed under hedgerows in the rain seeking God and when at last he found hope in Christ, became a messenger of revival.

David Brainerd cried out in desperation for some medication to allay his sin sick heart and finally saw the crucified Christ. In each case these men had grown desperate to the point of despair. When Christ became their hope, he was a tree of life not just to them but to countless multitudes whom they led to Christ.

Little wonder then that Paul described Jesus as the “Hope of Israel” (Acts 28:20). He is that and, in the words of an Old Testament prophet, “the desire of nations” (Haggai 2:7). Jesus, this desire of nations, was only stating the bare truth when he declared himself “the life.”

11:7 Perishable Expectations

Sunday, October 11th, 2009

Josef Stalin who terrorized and oppressed the Soviet Union.

Josef Stalin who terrorized and oppressed the Soviet Union.

When a wicked man dies, his expectation will perish, and the hope of the unjust perishes.

Before his death, Stalin, who had ruled the Soviet Union with tactics of terror and had dealt ruthlessly even with former comrades and family, became paranoid, terrified that others were plotting to destroy him as he had destroyed so many of them.

He died without hope in this world or the next. After his death, even his memory was execrated by those who had trembled before him in life.

By contrast, Jesus, who harmed no one but rendered service to all, died in the expectation of resurrection, and his hope was fully vindicated. Men and women by the millions adore the memory of him.