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Where No Life Is Without Hope (5 of 10)
Series: A Life Worth Living
INTRO: I want you to take your Bibles now this morning and be finding your place at the gospel of Matthew if you will. If you're our guest this morning, we are in a series of studies on what it means to really live a life that's worth living. And what we've been doing in this series of messages is simply looking at some of the great people of the Bible and learning from some of the great stories of the Bible to see what are the characteristics of conspicuous Christians.
So far in this series of studies we've seen what its like to live where no wall is too tall; no foe is too great; no pain is without purpose and no failure is final. We've seen Joshua face the walls of Jericho, David face a giant named Goliath, Job face the greatest time of personal suffering that anybody, with the exception of Jesus Christ, has ever faced; and then of course last week we learned from a psalm that David wrote after he had to face the reality and repercussions of his own sin.
Now, this morning, as we come to the gospel of Matthew we're going to see the darkness day in the history of the world. We're going to stand at the foot of the cross as God pulls the blanket of darkness over the whole world. We're going to watch and listen as God the Father literally turns His back on God the Son as the sins of all the ages are laid on Jesus, and yet in those hours of darkness and despair we're going to see why as a result of Jesus' hopeless hours on the cross, you and I can now live where no hour is without hope.
I don't know if you're like me or not, but if you're a news junkie like I am, you've probably noticed that everybody around you seems to be using that word today – hope. Now, sometimes it's just used in a flippant, casual way like – "I hope that I get to go to the prom this year" or "I hope that I get that promotion my boss promised" or "I hope that kids can make it for Easter." "I ...
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