Our ONLY hope in life and death is that we are not our own but belong to God. (http://newcitycatechism.com/)
This statement simply reflects the reality of our existence. It seeks to shake us out of any inkling to trust too much in our own ability. It recognises the frailty and temporal nature of our current life.
As Peter writes quoting from Isaiah, “All flesh is like grass and all its glory like the flower of grass. The grass withers, and the flower falls”
Hope that is only in this world is a hope that will be short lived.
Therefore, our ONLY hope is that we are not our own but belong, body and soul, both in life and death, to God and to our Saviour Jesus Christ.
A hope in God is a hope that is secure and sure.
In Him alone, we find peace, joy, and security. Peace with God, joy in contentment, and eternal security. We cannot work our way to ‘heaven’, but it is a free gift of God’s Mercy, given to us through Jesus Christ our Lord.
HOW DO WE RECEIVE THIS HOPE?
God’s mercy and grace helps us to see our condition; that we are in rebellion to the one true God and that we are under his righteous and just wrath.
When we turn to Christ in repentance and he becomes Lord of our life we are given ‘new life’.
We were once dead in sin, but now we are made alive in Christ and have peace with God.
As a result, we no longer need to strive to please God our Father, for he is already pleased to call us his child and his friend in Christ.
Instead, because of his incredible grace and mercy, we willingly and eagerly live for him, serving him in gratitude and joy.
Through the power of the Holy Spirit in us, we put off our old self and put on the new man as we are conformed day by day into the image of Christ.
And we await the day of Christ’s return when all evil will be brought to justice and all things will be made right.
Romans 14:7–8 (ESV)
For none of us lives to himself, and none of us dies to himself. For if we live, we live to the Lord, and if we die, we die to the Lord. So then, whether we live or whether we die, we are the Lord’s.
- This bread represents Christ’s body broken for us.
- This cup represents Christ’s blood shed for us for the forgiveness of sin
- We do this in remembrance of him until he comes again. Let’s eat and drink