Rejoice and Be Glad in Hope

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

The hope for the Christian believer is the return of Christ to take us home to heaven. Even though some Christian people fear the day of Christ’s return, this event will most definitely be a day of rejoicing and gladness. Jesus Christ is returning to reward the believer, not to condemn him or her.

John 3:17:
For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.

The word world represents the people of the whole world, and God sent Jesus Christ into this world NOT to condemn us, but rather that through him we can be saved. This is the truth of Scripture and the will of God “Who will have all men to be saved” (I Timothy 2:4). The absolute will of God is that all of us accept our salvation, and even though many will refuse God’s abundant, generous offer – it is still God’s will. I Timothy 2:4 continues: “and {God’s will is for the saved} to come unto the knowledge of the truth.” God does not say His will is for us to have “a knowledge of some truth” or “some knowledge of the truth,” but He wants us to be saved and He also wants us to come unto THE knowledge of THE truth – that being, His Word to the enjoyment of our knowing the salvation of our souls.

Jesus prayed in John 17:17 “thy {God’s} word is truth,” and truth is what makes one free. To be genuinely free from the condemnation about Christ’s return is a magnanimous burden-lifter which will indeed free one’s life from fear.

Psalms 16:8–9:
-8: I have set the LORD always before me: because he is at my right hand, I shall not be moved.
-9: Therefore my heart is glad, and my glory rejoiceth: my flesh also shall rest in hope.

This is the declaration of King David, he had absolutely no fear of his future because first of all he understood and came unto the knowledge of the truth. With this knowledge he was able to keep the Lord before him, in the forefront of his thinking and believing actions, thus he had no reason to be moved from his inner convictions. Therefore, His heart was glad, and his glory (his heart, his inner self) rejoiced. His glory was in knowing the Savior of the world, which gave him hope of the coming of Jesus Christ, with great expectations of the next life.

Isaiah 25:9:
And it shall be said in that day {the day of the return, the day the believer anticipates and hopes in daily}, Lo, this is our God: we have waited for him, and he will save us: this is the LORD; we have waited for him, we will be glad and rejoice in his salvation.

Zephaniah 3:14:
Sing, O daughter of Zion; shout, O Israel; be glad and rejoice with all the heart, O daughter of Jerusalem.

The context of Zephaniah 3 is about the believers’ hope to be established in God’s chosen place at Zion – in Jerusalem. Zephaniah is talking to believers. Does he instruct them to “be glad and rejoice” with fear and reluctantly? No – he does not. He says “with all the heart!” The reason that we may be glad and rejoice with all of our heart is because we know the glorious truth of the hope of the return of Christ. Where is the sorrow in his return? There is none in the hope of his return; thus and therefore, we may Rejoice and be Glad in our Hope!

Rejoicing and gladness are gifts of God to His children, and the more we anticipate our gathering together to be with our Savior and our heavenly Father the more we may daily, in the here and now, partake of the gifts of God.

Philippians 4:4:
Rejoice in the Lord alway: and again I say, Rejoice.

The Hope of Walking with Our Redeemer

Romans 4:20-25:
-20: He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith {his believing faith}, giving glory to God;
-21: And being fully persuaded that, what he {God} had promised, he was able also to perform.
-22: And therefore {because Abraham believed in hope} it was imputed to him for righteousness.
-23: Now it was not written for his {Abraham’s} sake alone, that it was imputed to him;
-24: But for us also, to whom it shall be imputed, if {since} we believe on him that raised up Jesus our Lord from the dead;
-25: Who was delivered for our offenses {our sins}, and was raised again for our justification. {Just as if I’d never sinned, is one way to remember our justification.}

“Our hope is the return of Christ, and this hope takes believing to bring it to life before our spiritual eyes. As Abraham’s believing grew he was able to have his son, Isaac, but this was not the end of the story of Abraham. He believed in the Word of God and that believing brought him face to face with the actual hope of someday walking with his Redeemer. This hope of his gave him reason, purpose, and excitement in life itself to continue living for God and being his best toward his fellow man. This example is written for believers today who are living in God’s grace – Romans 4:20-25, above. With the hope alive in your heart you can believe with hope and confidence that Christ your Redeemer shall return and your name will be on his lips.” ~LMJ~

The Prize of the High Calling

Philippians 3:13-14:
-13: Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended {the prize yet}: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind {the past}, and reaching forth unto those things which are before {the return},
-14: I press toward the mark {finish line} for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.

“What a magnificent lesson we have here. First, Paul teaches that the one thing has two aspects: (1) forgetting the past, and (2) reaching forward. The reason for this is that only as we let the past fall by the wayside will we have room for the hope of the future, the hope in Christ’s return, to receive the prize. This is the believer’s high calling. We all have been called into God’s grace, but the high point of His calling will be the return of Christ! With the anticipation of our future hope, the past can be put to rest. Looking forward to the return of Christ, anticipating the joy and excitement of this marvelous prize, to obtain the high calling of God in Christ Jesus, is the believer’s greatest hope because it will deliver over to you one of the greatest prizes that can be received. It is receiving an eternal treasure even before you arrive into heaven (for you will be transformed as your feet leave this earth), and in heaven is where and when you will receive all the rest of your rewards for believing God’s Word today.” ~LMJ~

The Hope of Humanity Is

The hope of humanity is in the return of Christ to appear with him in glory, always has been and always will be our hope until Christ returns for our gathering together up to meet him above in the clouds! However, for now our God has given us the assurance of our heavenly standing in glory with Christ at God’s own right hand (I Peter 1:7), which is recorded throughout His Word. When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory– Colossians 3:4.” ~LMJ~

An Amazing Threesome

“Love – God’s love – motivates our endeavors, faith – believing faith – appropriates the promises of God, and hope – Christian hope – anticipates the return of Christ. These three form a complete whole and enhance Christian character in an individual’s life. And now abideth {or ― remains here for you} faith, hope, charity- I Corinthians 13:13.” ~LMJ~