Yesterday the hopes of the Richmond Football Club and their fans were finally realised, as the siren rang across the Melbourne Cricket Ground. Richmond raised the premiership trophy as the 2017 premiers. It was the first time in 37 long years. The long wait had seen many frustrations and challenges for Richmond. But that is all in the past now, as their long desired hope and wait for a premiership is over and the trophy is in their hands.
There are many things in life that we hope for. I waited 20 years for a Melbourne Cricket Club membership. I waited 6 months after I proposed to Emily to marry her. I waited about 9 months to meet each of our children. These hopes I knew would eventually come about. But other things aren’t hopes, they’re pipe dreams. Crystal Palace winning the Premier League. (It’s like the Ashburton Redbacks Juniors winning the AFL premiership – impossible).
We all have our set of unique hopes and dreams. But the hope we have as Christians is wonderful. Jesus in his death and resurrection showed that sin had been dealt with on the cross and that death had been defeated. And for us who have put our trust in the risen Lord Jesus, we too will rise.
In our REAL bible reading this week we read
4 But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, 5 he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit, 6 whom he poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Savior, 7 so that, having been justified by his grace, we might become heirs having the hope of eternal life. (Titus 3:4-7)
This long passage helpfully reminds us of everything Jesus has done in saving us, what we do (nothing) and the great hope we have: eternal life.
While hope in the world can be vain, like Crystal Palace winning. Our hope as Christians is completely different. While rising from the dead seems impossible, we are assured of it. For Jesus has risen from the dead, showing that eternal life is there for those who trust him.