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What does Jesus teach about hope?

In Jesus' day, some 2000 years ago, weddings were different than today. It was a custom just after the Jewish couple was engaged that the groom would go to prepare a home or room for his bride. Then upon returning to the bride's home, he would sweep his lady off her feet and take her to their wedding ceremony.

Sounds very romantic... a bride waiting expectantly, not quite sure when her beau will return. There must have been a little doubt as they waited so eagerly while hours, even days passed by.

Jesus gives this sure promise to all who have hope in him: "In my Father's house are many rooms... I am going there to prepare a place for you. ‍ And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am" (John 14:2-3).

You might be hoping to get a raise, or that your team wins the World Series, or even that you have found the right "someone." Yet, with all our dreams and hopes, we can never be sure. Relationships can go sour, jobs can get cut, or teams can fizzle out during the stretch. What makes Jesus so amazing is that we can put our complete confidence in him and know that he will never fail us-not now, not forever. In Jesus we have true hope.

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