The Hope of the Righteous

The wicked is driven away in his wickedness: but the righteous hath hope in his death (Proverbs 14:32).

What a difference it makes when one knows Jesus Christ! At the time of death, the unbeliever is separated from God – driven away or thrust down – while the believer in Christ has hope.

We often employ the word “hope” to express a longing for something for which there is little or no chance. But in biblical terms, hope expresses something completely different. It is an earnest expectation. It contains the ideas of confidence, conviction, and anticipation.

Hope in death for the righteous (those who have trusted in the Lord) is a central theme of the Scriptures.

And though after my skin worms destroy this body, yet in my flesh shall I see God (Job 19:26).

Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever (Psalm 23:6).

But God will redeem my soul from the power of the grave; for he shall receive me. Selah (Psalm 49:15).

We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord (II Corinthians 5:8).

These are but a small sampling of verses that tell us, when a Christian dies, he or she immediately goes to be with Christ while the body “sleeps” in the grave until the resurrection.

Nobody said it better than Jesus: “I am the resurrection and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live” (John 11:25).

The songwriter put it this way: “Because He lives, I can face tomorrow, Because He lives, all fear is gone; Because I know He holds the future, And life is worth the living, Just because He lives!”

Do you have the hope of eternal life with Christ? If not, why not receive Him as your Savior right now?