Oftentimes we equate hope with hype. Remember the Fyre festival? A lot of hype, celebrity endorsements… but instead of a luxury festival, it looked more like a refugee camp.
This happens so many times where the hype machine works on us, building expectations. Rarely does it live up to the hype and we get disappointed. Or maybe it’s kind of okay… but how long does it last though? And is it ever really life-changing? Then we become cynical, not wanting to believe in hype/hope anymore.
Romans 5 contrasts hype to our hope in Christ, a hope that never disappoints. Moments like this weekend, we get a glimpse of what is real, good, how God call us as His children… everything makes so much sense… grace breaks through and breaks down the barriers of hype to reveal true hope.
Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we boast in the hope of the glory of God. (Romans 5:1-2)
How can we live in this hope that is so much more than the hype of this world?
Because of what Christ has done for us, we can now live in the realm/kingdom of God’s favor through His grace. We have the favor of the King on our lives. Let’s boast in this! [Notes taken from P. Nate’s message given at the College Conference]