Christianity is realistic because it says that if there is no truth, there is also no hope.
Francis Schaeffer (1912-1984)
Hope itself is like a star — not to be seen in the sunshine of prosperity, and only to be discovered in the night of adversity.
Charles Haddon Spurgeon (1834 – 1892)
If we be not “fully persuaded that what God has promised, He is able also to perform,” we shall know but little of the power or energy of hope. If faith be wavering, hope will be flickering. On the contrary, if faith be strong, hope will be strong also; for faith, while it nourishes and strengthens the persuasion, imparts strength and intensity to the expectation.
C. H. Mackintosh (1820-1896)
This Christmas message is that there is hope for a ruined humanity — hope of pardon, hope of peace with God, hope of glory — because at the Father’s will Jesus Christ became poor and was born in a stable so that thirty years later He might hang on a cross. It is the most wonderful message that the world has ever heard, or will hear.
J. I. Packer in Nancy Guthrie, Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus (Wheaton, IL: Crossway, 2008), 71.
Without the Cross in our Gospel, without the Cross at the heart of our preaching, without the Cross centrally enthroned in our lives, there is no hope.
Edward Jeffries Rees, Christ Speaks from Calvary, p. 12