A Reason to Hope
April 9, 2023
WHAT MOVES YOU?
A Reason to Hope: to believe that there is a better future that is available to each of us and all of us
KEY POINT: The resurrection of Jesus gives everyone a reason to hope
TEXT: John 19:1-18
Jesus came to disrupt the darkness (vv. 1-2)
Darkness is more than just the absence of light, it is the absence of good: it’s not just a physical reality but a moral and spiritual reality as well
SIN: humanity’s rejection of God’s way, choosing rather their own way; the sense that we know better than God how to experience the good life
Though his death, Jesus bore the penalty for sin and with his resurrection demonstrated his power over sin and death
Jesus is closer to you than you think (vv. 11-14)
Sometimes, when we are in midst of daily struggles that we fail to notice what is around us—our struggles become so big that it is hard to see anything else
God has not given up on us…but he comes and meets us right where we are at
Jesus cares more than you realize (v. 15)
Often people view God as merely demanding: the God of commandments, but he is also the God of questions—inviting us to wrestle with where we are at
Those moments where you wrestle deeply, searching for answers and processing loss invite his presence
Jesus wants to transform your life with his life (vv. 16-18)
When he spoke her name, everything changed!
His life was for her life—a life not limited by earthly scarcity but empowered by heaven’s abundance
What do we do?
Acknowledge our need
Being honest with him in his presence
Recognizing that our sin has set death in motion and we can’t undo it ourselves
Deciding that it is time for a change—a new direction
Receive His gift of life
Jesus wants to give us the gift of life—to unburden us from our sin and shame
A life not defined by our history, hurts, and habits, but by his grace
Allow His life to move you
Letting his hope begin to empower you to live the life you were created for—the one God intended
RESPONSE: Jesus, I put my hope in you—may your life give me life!