“The root of Jesse shall come,
the one who rises to rule the Gentiles;
in him the Gentiles shall hope.” – Romans 15:12
The name of Jesus is our sole hope for salvation and for all our needs. To hope in Jesus means to despise all earthly ties and to desire to walk as one would walk in eternity. It also means because we live in the promise of being with Him forever, we can bear with patience and peace the losses we experience in this life, even the evil, because He has a place prepared for us.
It is crazy that the people of Israel were taught that the Messiah would be earthly, defeating and humiliating those nations that opposed them from the beginning of time. I wonder how they took to Isaiah’s words that the Messiah would come and the world would love Him and put their hope in Him. I am not even sure they were aware of the intimacy that was involved in that hope – God’s love, forgiveness, salvation, heaven, answered prayers and leading us in our journey through life.
The hope has to be in Jesus and yet how tempting it is and how many of us fall into the temptation of putting our hope in our spouse, friends, children, bank accounts, success, government, our own intelligence, strength, academic standings and for some, even our looks. Jesus is both personal and universal, intimate and yet accessible to all. He is God, He is Emmanuel – God with us, our living hope.
Hope is a person, and His name is Jesus – Darlene Zschech
Without His name, there is no hope. As the days seem to be getting darker, this truth becomes even more important. We need an anchor – it is hope – it is the name of Jesus.
This was to fulfill what was spoken through the prophet Isaiah: “Here is my servant whom I have chosen, the one I love, in whom I delight; I will put my Spirit on him, and he will proclaim justice to the nations. He will not quarrel or cry out; no one will hear his voice in the streets. A bruised reed he will not break, and a smoldering wick he will not snuff out, till he has brought justice through to victory. In his name the nations will put their hope.” – Matthew 12:17-21