ONE HOPE THAT WILL NEVER LET YOU DOWN

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“Hopes placed in mortals die with them;  all the promise of their power comes to nothing.” (Proverbs 11:7 NIV)

Hoped placed in Jesus will never let you down.  Hope placed in man will never equal Jesus. Humans are limited in their powers and their abilities, when we die, whatever we have goes with us.  But Jesus overcame death. His power is limitless. He carried our sins to the cross. He died and rose again. He overcame the world for us. Hope placed in Jesus will never let you down.

Hope placed in Jesus will never let you down.

I recently watched Midway with my husband.  The movie is about a pivotal battle in WWII, it was the turning point for the war in the Pacific.  Japan bombed Pearl Harbor on Sunday morning, Dec. 7, 1941.  This attack drew the U.S. into the war.  We were the underdog in this fight. After the losses at Pearl Harbor, the U.S. only had 3 aircraft carriers in the Pacific to battle Japan’s fleet.  My patriotism grew as I watched young men give their lives valiantly for their country. My hope in these men was strong. I found myself gripping the edge of my seat, not knowing what was going to happen.  I realized these characters I had grown to love could die at any moment. None of them had the capability of overcoming death. But Jesus did. Jesus overcame death. He is the hope that never dies.

Because we have Jesus, we needn’t be scared of death.  Just as Jesus overcame it, so will we in Him. My favorite character in Midway was Bruno.  I was disappointed to learn an inspirational story he shared in the movie wasn’t true.  His character was from New York in the movie, but the real Bruno came from Milwaukee. The false story told in the movie happens when he’s asked why he’s not worried about the upcoming battle by a shipmate. He responds with a touching story about his family.  When I researched the story, I learned it wasn’t true. What I thought would be a great example for writing, was instead a lie. Hope placed in man dies with them.

Bruno, in real life, was a hero who needed no embellishments.  His hope was in God, He served him well. Bruno died after being tortured for 11 days by the Japanese, he was then tied to a rope and tossed overboard with an anchor.  He sacrificed his life for our freedom because his hope was in Jesus. That is the truth about Bruno. Bruno knew the truth about Jesus. Hope placed in Jesus will never let you down.

Question of the Day:

Who are you placing your hope in today?

Further Reading; Numbers 16:41-18:32 NIV, Mark 16:1-20 NIV, Psalm 55:1-23 NIV, Proverbs 11:7 NIV

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