It has been said that we can live a “few days without water, a few minutes without air, but only a few seconds without hope.” This statement reveals how important hope is to our existence—it is hope that keeps us alive. The word ‘Hope’ means “to desire or anticipate with expectation of fulfillment”1. Hope allows us to endure present difficult circumstances with the expectation that these circumstances will change for the better some time in the future.
Therefore ‘Hope’ can be referred to as the ‘light at the end of the tunnel’ or ‘the silver lining in the dark cloud’. However, experience in this life teaches us that it is not everything we hope for will be ful-filled. In order for us to live fulfilled lives, our hope must be based on things that are true and enduring.
In this lesson, we will take a look at what the Bible teaches about the “blessed hope”—the hope that keeps Christians alive in the midst of a world full of disappointments.
1 Corinthians 15:19
“If in this ______________ only we have ________________ in Christ, we are of all men most _________________.”
Titus 2:12, 13
“Teaching us that, denying ________________ and worldly ________, we should live ___________, righteously, and godly, in this _____________ world; Looking for that ___________ hope, and the glorious ___________ of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ;”
Paul calls us to put our hope in the ‘glorious appearing of Jesus Christ’—referring to the Second Coming of Jesus. Paul makes it clear that this is the hope that is worth living and longing for—the Coming of Jesus.
“. . . . if I go and prepare a place for you, I will ____________ ________________, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.”
Jesus gave us His word—that He will come again. This is a promise that we can put our faith in , for the words of Jesus cannot fail (Matthew 24:35; 2 Peter 3:3, 9).
A. Jude 1:14, 15—ENOCH
“And _______________ also, the seventh from ___________, proph-esied of these, saying, Behold, the Lord ____________ with ten thou-sands of his saints. . .“
B. Hebrews 11:8-10—ABRAHAM
“For he looked for a ______________ which hath foundations, whose _______________ and maker is _____________.”
C. Psalm 50:3—DAVID
“Our God shall _____________, and shall not keep __________: a fire shall devour before him, and it shall be very tempestuous round about him.”
D. Job 19:25, 26—JOB
“For I know that my ________________ liveth, and that he shall stand at the ____________ day upon the earth: And though after my skin worms ___________ this ___________ , yet in my flesh shall I _____________ God:”
“. . . . Which also said, Ye men of ___________, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? this same _______________, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like ______________ as ye have seen him go into ________________.”
Jesus will appear the second time in person, just as He went up into heaven from the Mount of Olives. He will not come in secret nor in spirit—He will come so that people will be able to identify who He is.
“Behold, he _____________ with clouds; and every __________ shall _____________ him, and they also which _____________ him: and all __________________ of the earth shall wail because of him. Even so, Amen.”
“Every eye” refers to the fact that the Second Coming of Jesus will be a global event. Every nation on earth will witness His Second Coming. No one will need to alert the other about His Coming, it will be such that all will know of His appearing.
1 Thessalonians 4:16-17
“For the Lord himself shall _____________ from ______________ with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the _______________ in Christ shall ___________ first:”
At the sound of the trumpet, the dead in Christ will be resurrected from the dead. This will mark the fulfillment of the hope that has kept the believers in every age—that one day, like their Master, they will have victory over death and the grave.
1 Corinthians 15:51-53
“Behold, I shew you a ____________; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be _____________, In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last ______________: for the ___________ shall sound, and the ____________ shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be ______________. For this corruptible must put on ______________, and this mortal must put on ________________.” (see also Philippians 3:20, 21)
“. . . . And said to the mountains and rocks, _____________ on us, and _________ us from the face of him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb: For the great day of his _____________ is come; and who shall be able to _____________?”
“And it shall be said in that day, Lo, this is our ____________; we have __________ for him, and he will ___________ us: this is the LORD; we have ________________ for him, we will be glad and rejoice in his salvation.”
“______________ ye therefore, and ____________ always, that ye may be accounted ________________ to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to ____________ before the Son of man.”