In the year 2013 a book, written by F. Scott Fitzgerald and called The Great Gatsby, was adapted into a motion picture which won the best production and costume design at the Academy Awards as well as best film at the AACTA Awards in 2014.
The movie depicts Mr Gatsby as a very hopeful person whose hope causes him to have the joy of expectancy, which we see displayed when he stays up one night waiting for a call from Daisy, the love of his life.
His hope was unfulfilled because the call never came, but we as Christians have assurance through Jesus’ resurrection from the dead that what we hope for, will be fulfilled.
Hope is trusting for something in the future which you have not seen. It’s a beautiful thing which makes us glad and causes us to rejoice because we truly believe that we will receive what we are hoping for.
This is the joy of expectancy that a boy named Jimmy felt when he came home from school on his birthday knowing that his father bought him a gift.
What the Christian hopes for are things that are far from what can be received by the natural person. We hope for the resurrection from the dead where we will receive new bodies (Philippians 3v11). We hope for an inheritance in heaven that is far different in nature from anything on earth. It is an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled and unfading (1 Peter 1v4).
We hope to be with Christ, not as He is with us now through the power of the Spirit, but face to face (1 Corinthians 13v12).
Brothers and sisters, let us prepare our “minds for action, and being sober-minded, set your hope fully on the grace that will be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ” (1 Peter 1v13).