Jesus the voice of hope



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JESUS – THE VOICE OF HOPE


  1. WHAT IS HOPE?

Hope faces God.


Faith faces people.
Hope receives from God so that we have something to give.
Hope invests itself in the character of God.
Hope holds on to the promises of God.
Hope is about God backing up his people.


  1. WHY DO WE NEED A VOICE OF HOPE?

We need a voice of hope because we are not naturally hopeful people.


We are tainted by self-centredness because of sin through the fall.
We tend to think first of ourselves, and we tend to see other people as a means to an end.
Christians really can find intimacy with Christ a difficult concept to turn into reality.
We need a voice of hope to convince us that it really will be alright in the end.
Remember Paul’s prayer that we looked at in our study in Ephesians:
EPHESIANS 1:17-18

17I pray that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you a spirit of wisdom and revelation as you come to know him, 18so that, with the eyes of your heart enlightened, you may know what is the hope to which he has called you
Remember that these words were written to Christians – not to unbelievers.


  1. THE VOICE OF HOPE


MARK 2:1-12

When [Jesus] returned to Capernaum after some days, it was reported that he was at home. So many gathered around that there was no longer room for them, not even in front of the door; and he was speaking the word to them. Then some people came, bringing to him a paralyzed man, carried by four of them. And when they could not bring him to Jesus because of the crowd, they removed the roof above him; and after having dug through it, they let down the mat on which the paralytic lay. When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic, "Son, your sins are forgiven." Now some of the scribes were sitting there, questioning in their hearts, "Why does this fellow speak in this way? It is blasphemy! Who can forgive sins but God alone?" At once Jesus perceived in his spirit that they were discussing these questions among themselves; and he said to them, "Why do you raise such questions in your hearts? Which is easier, to say to the paralytic, 'Your sins are forgiven,' or to say, 'Stand up and take your mat and walk'? But so that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins" - he said to the paralytic - "I say to you, stand up, take your mat and go to your home." And he stood up, and immediately took the mat and went out before all of them; so that they were all amazed and glorified God, saying, "We have never seen anything like this!"


  • I have often heard it preached that God’s forgiveness came through the cross.




  • But it didn’t.




  • It cannot have come through the cross.




  • Why not?







  • Jesus said, “Your sins are forgiven” and Jesus spoke in the past perfect tense




  • The past perfect tense means that something has happened will never happen again – either because it cannot happen again, or because it does not need to happen again.




  • But Jesus had not yet been crucified so, if God’s forgiveness was to come through the cross:




  • Why didn’t Jesus say, “I FORGIVE your sins”?




  • Why didn’t Jesus say, “GOD FORGIVES your sins”?




  • Why didn’t Jesus speak in the present tense?




  • Why didn’t Jesus speak in the future tense?


LUKE 4:16-21

When Jesus came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up, he went to the synagogue on the sabbath day, as was his custom. He stood up to read, and the scroll of the prophet Isaiah was given to him. He unrolled the scroll and found the place where it was written: "The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to bring good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to let the oppressed go free, to proclaim the year of the Lord's favour." And he rolled up the scroll, gave it back to the attendant, and sat down. The eyes of all in the synagogue were fixed on him. Then he began to say to them, "Today this scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing."
Let’s consider the significance of what Jesus said here…


  • In Israel’s history, every seventh year was a year of jubilee.




  • Jesus words here were referring to the seventh Jubilee of Jubilees…




  • This special Jubilee year occurred only every fiftieth year…




    • This special year of jubilee proclaimed liberty for all the Israelite slaves in the land…




    • One huge provision of the special Jubilee year was that all land sold in the previous forty-nine years was to be returned to its original family of ownership in that fiftieth year…




    • Another huge provision of the special Jubilee year was that all debts were cancelled…




  • And Jesus, by his own words, was not only proclaiming a very special Jubilee year – he was actually transforming the concept and reality of the Jubilee year…




  • THE SPECIAL JUBILEE YEAR THAT HAD BEEN PREVIOUSLY BASED IN THE CALENDAR WAS NOW BASED IN A PERSON…




  • The Jubilee year was that was previously fixed as a period of time in the calendar now become an open-ended period of time based in the person of the Christ himself…




  • JESUS IS THE JUBILEE.




  • Therefore, in Christ:




    • Slaves are set free…


JOHN 8:36

If the Son makes you free, you will be free indeed…




  • There is ‘land in heaven’…


JOHN 14:2

I go to prepare a place for you …




    • All debts are cancelled…


COLOSSIANS 2:14

Jesus erased the record (of debts) that stood against us…




  • This was no longer God’s time limited special Jubilee that was based in the calendar




  • This was now God’s personal Jubilee based in the person of Jesus…




  • THE JUBILEE YEAR THAT WAS PREVIOUSLY BASED IN THE CALENDAR WAS NOW BASED IN A PERSON…




  • Because the Jubilee was now based in Jesus himself (and not in the calendar), Jesus could say to the paralytic, “Your sins are forgiven…” in the past perfect tense.




  • This brings to us a realisation that radically changes a traditionally held belief:


FORGIVENESS CAME THROUGH THE INCARNATION – NOT THROUGH THE CROSS…


  • The cost of forgiveness was paid at the cross…










  • The good news is not that in Christ we can find a dwelling place, the good news is that in Christ we have a dwelling place…




  • The good news is not that in Christ we can find freedom, the good news is that in Christ we are free…




  • EVERYTHING IS DONE IN CHRIST – AND NOTHING REMAINS TO BE DONE…




  • THAT IS THE VOICE OF HOPE.







  • We are living in the person of the Lord’s favour…


JESUS IS THE VOICE OF HOPE THAT WE NEED TO HEAR.
ROMANS 15:13

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in sticking to Jesus, so that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.


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