Faith is something that looks backward—we remember the ways God has come through for His people, and for us, and our belief is strengthened that He will come through again. Love is exercised in the present moment; we love in the “now”. Hope is unique; hope looks forward, anticipating the good that is coming. Hope reaches into the future to take hold of something we do not yet have, may not yet even see. Strong hope seizes the future that is not yet; it is the confident expectation of goodness coming to us.
It might be helpful to pause and ask yourself, how is my hope these days? Where is my hope these days?
Jesus Christ gave His life to give each of us a hope above and beyond all former hopes. Every action and teaching of His brilliant life were very intentionally directed at unveiling this hope to us. Late in the gospel of Matthew He described it with breathtaking clarity:
“Truly I tell you, at the renewal of all things, when the Son of Man sits on His glorious throne . . . everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or wife or children or fields for My sake will receive a hundred times as much and will inherit eternal life.” (19:28–29)
At the renewal of all things?! God’s intention for us is the renewal of all things? This is what the Son of God said; that is how He plainly described it. I can hardly speak. Really? The Greek word used here for “renewal” is palingenesia, which is derived from two root words: paling, meaning “again,” and genesia, meaning “beginning,” which of course refers back to Genesis. Genesis again. Eden restored. . . .
The re-creation of the world. When the world is made new. A promise so breathtaking, so shocking and heartbreakingly beautiful I’m stunned that so many have missed it. Oh yes, we’ve heard quite a bit about “heaven.” But Jesus is clearly not talking about heaven here—He is talking about the re-creation of all things, including the earth we love.
Above all Love is the greatest of these…