This is the final sermon in our series, “Wake Up!” and in it we talk about the greatest of endings. “Hope is a good thing. Maybe the best thing.” And this morning we talk about just that, Hope. We have such a great hope that lies out in front of us. And about ability to handle the hardships of this life depends on our ability to see the Hope that we Have.

The Hope of Heaven is formed in the Hardships of Now.

Romans 5:1-8

Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we[a] have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, 2 through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we[b]boast in the hope of the glory of God. 3 Not only so, but we[c] also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; 4 perseverance, character; and character, hope. 5 And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.

6 You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. 7 Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous person, though for a good person someone might possibly dare to die. 8 But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.