In hope, against hope, we believe.
If Abraham had to hope against hope, so Jesus had to hope against hell. That was the only way for hope, yours and mine, to rise immortal three days later when Jesus arose from the grave. Abraham would have plenty of time to look back and remember that night and plenty of time to question the experience, because another 25 years would pass before he saw God’s promise fulfilled. Why did the Almighty wait so long to bring it to pass? Because he wanted Abraham to have no hope other than God’s promise. Sarah was barren when the Lord first spoke to Abraham, but he, himself, was “capable of fathering a child. So the Lord waited until Abraham was also as good as dead. At that point, says the apostle Paul, “In hope against hope, he believed, so that he might become a father of many nations according to that which had been spoken, so shall your descendants be.”
In hope against hope he believed. No statement could better summarize Abraham’s 25-year journey from the improbable to the impossible. Abraham’s promised son Isaac became the father of Jacob, who became the father of the 12 tribes of Israel.
But Israel is only one nation, and the Lord told Abraham he would become the father of many nations. How did that part of the promise come to pass? Abraham’s hope against hope was the spiritual seed that gave birth to his faith for the impossible. Just as his physical seed made him the father of one nation through the birth of Isaac, hope’s spiritual seed made him the father of many nations through faith in the death and resurrection of Jesus.
I want to leave this one verse with you today. 1 Peter 1:13. “Therefore, gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and rest your hope fully upon the grace that is to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ.” Can you imagine what it’s going to be like at the resurrection of Jesus when we are all raised to meet him? Our hope will be fully satisfied. Praise the Lord.