He's Overcome - Immanuel
I recently attended Winter Jam 2017 and heard for the first time the story behind Tenth Avenue's new song "I Have This Hope." It was an eye opening and hopeful story about a woman whom was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer and how God uses that moment in her life to confirm He is with her, even at her moments of uncertainty and feelings of fear and doubt.
In the receipt of this news, the singer questions God about how and why someone who is a good person, young in her 30s, could receive this awful news about cancer. God's response was, "Why do you call Good Friday, "Good" Friday?" A sort of bizarre response to his question and definitely not the response he was hoping or expecting. God goes on to remind him how Friday was a dreadful day of painful happenings Jesus endured. There was nothing good about that day. God says, "It was a day when the worst things happened to the best person, and you call that "good"....Maybe you call Good Friday, "Good" Friday because you know what happens on Sunday." You see we often overlook the wilderness experiences in life and lose hope that our God is not with us during these moments. Even Jesus cried out at His darkest moment and asked if this could be pardoned from Him. Jesus has met us at our darkness moments. And going a little farther he fell on his face and prayed, saying, "My Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as you will."
Matthew 26:39 (ESV)
The hope is in what is not yet seen. The hope is the miracle to be revealed. The hope comes from the only one who can and will provide it.
I'd encourage you to watch the You Tube Video by singer Mike Donehey. It is a truly touching message as we head into His resurrection day and are reminded of our Savior, our King of Kings and what He did for us on the cross. Our Savior, is where we should turn in tragedy. That's the hope! https://youtu.be/ppy91cTHYJ4
I have this hope, do you?
"Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through fire you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you. For I am the Lord your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior."
Isaiah 43:1-3 (ESV)