Fait Accompli

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“Fait accompli” is a French expression meaning, an accomplished fact; a thing already done.
The Christian Easter is a celebration of a “fait accompli”  – God’s plan for salvation and redemption through faith in the sacrificial death and resurrection of God’s son, Jesus Christ.

God had this plan for salvation through faith in Jesus, from the very beginning.

Joh 1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
Joh 1:2 He was in the beginning with God.

2Th 2:13 But we are bound to give thanks always to God for you, brothers beloved of the Lord, because God has from the beginning chosen you to salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth,

1Jn 1:1 That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, concerning the Word of Life,

1Jn 2:14 I write to you, fathers, because you have known Him who is from the beginning.

When Jesus, in obedience to God, died on the cross for us, the war against the devil, sin and death was won.

Joh 19:28 After this, knowing that all things were now accomplished, that the Scripture might be fulfilled, Jesus said, I thirst.
Joh 19:29 Then a vessel full of vinegar was set. And they filled a sponge with sour wine and put it upon hyssop, and put it to His mouth.
Joh 19:30 Then when Jesus had received the sour wine, He said, It is finished! And He bowed His head and gave up the spirit.

Jesus, knowing that He had accomplished God’s will and plan for salvation, said, “It is finished!” – fait accompli!

The enemy will not acknowledge that he has lost the war so he continues to fight a losing battle. The devil fights a battle whose outcome has already been decided – it is a “fait accompli”.

I find it very interesting to note that the example given in Dictionary.com for the term “fait accompli” is as follows:

“The enemy’s defeat was a fait accompli long before the formal surrender.”

Even the dictionary acknowledges the truth that our enemy will not!

I pray that you also will acknowledge God’s masterful “fait accompli”.

Wishing you all a blessed Easter.

Joh 17:3 And this is life eternal, that they might know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.
Joh 17:4 I have glorified You upon the earth. I have finished the work which You have given Me to do.
Joh 17:5 And now Father, glorify Me with Yourself with the glory which I had with You before the world was.


In What Do We Hope?

1Pe 3:15 but sanctify the Lord God in your hearts, and be ready always to give an answer to everyone who asks you a reason of the hope in you, with meekness and fear;

If somebody were to ask you, ‘in what is your hope’, what would your answer be?

“Do we hope in hope?” This is a question Dr. Del Takett posed in one of the sessions of Focus on the Family’s The Truth Project .

If you read my last post What Is Hope? you will learn that hope means “a desire of something good with the expectation or belief that it is obtainable”. So to say that we hope in hope would mean that we are desiring something good with the expectation that it is obtainable, in the desire of something good with the expectation or belief that it is obtainable. Doesn’t make much sense does it?

So, what are we, as Christians, to have hope in? And just what are we to hope for?

Act 2:26 Therefore my heart rejoiced and my tongue was glad; and also My flesh shall rest in hope,

One thing I do know, if I didn’t have faith in Jesus Christ, I would have no hope and nothing to put my hope in. The Bible tells us that when people are without Christ, they are without hope.

Eph 2:12 and that at that time you were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world.

The key to having true hope is having belief in God and in His son, Jesus Christ, who he is and what he accomplished for us.

1Th 1:3 remembering without ceasing your work of faith and labor of love and patience of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ, in the sight of God and our Father,

1Ti 1:1 Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ according to the command of God our Savior, and of the Lord Jesus Christ, our hope,

1Pe 1:21 those believing in God through Him, He who raised Him up from the dead and gave Him glory, so that your faith and hope might be in God.

So we are to put our hope in God and Jesus; but, what is it that we can hope for?

Eph 1:18 the eyes of your understanding being enlightened, that you may know what is the hope of His calling, and what is the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints,

We hope for grace (unmerited favour from God)

1Pe 1:13 Therefore girding up the loins of your mind, being sober, perfectly hope for the grace being brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ,

We hope for righteousness (being in right standing with God).

Gal 5:5 For we through the Spirit wait for the hope of righteousness out of faith.

We hope for glory (dignity and honour).

Col 1:27 For to them God would make known what are the riches of the glory of this mystery among the nations, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory,

We hope for salvation.

1Th 5:8 But let us, who are of the day, be calm, having put on the breastplate of faith and love and the hope of salvation for a helmet.

We hope for eternal life.

Tit 1:2 on hope of eternal life, which God, who cannot lie, promised before the eternal times,

Tit 3:7 that being justified by His grace, we should become heirs according to the hope of eternal life.

We hope for purification.

1Jn 3:2 Beloved, now we are children of God, and it has not yet been revealed what we shall be. But we know that when He shall be revealed, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is.
1Jn 3:3 And everyone who has this hope on him purifies himself, even as that One is pure.

Our hope is not dead. Our hope is not in dead things or dead people. Our hope is in a resurrected and living Saviour!

1Pe 1:3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His great mercy has regenerated us again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,

Our hope in God and Jesus is not a weak and changeable thing – our hope is sure and steady.

Heb 6:18 so that by two immutable things, in which it was impossible for God to lie, we might have a strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold upon the hope set before us,
Heb 6:19 which hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast, and which enters into that within the veil,

I pray that you will be filled with this hope.

Rom 15:13 And may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope through the power of the Holy Spirit.



Know Your Enemy Pt. 4 – How to Fight Back

For the past couple of weeks I have been doing battle with a very nasty episode of bronchitis. My weapons for this battle included two visits to the Emergency Dept., a chest x-ray, antibiotics, two puffers and pain pills. After 2 1/2 weeks there are still a few minor skirmishes going on in my airways but I am finally winning the battle. I thank God for the medical helps that He has made available to me.

I also thank God for equipping me with the weapons of warfare that are needed to stand against the attacks of my enemy, the devil. Although the war has already been won through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, our enemy continues to do battle with God’s people. He knows that his time is limited and he is busy wreaking as much havoc and destruction as he can before his time runs out.

In knowing how to do battle, one must understand who and what is one’s enemy. The devil is a spiritual being and he uses spiritual weapons.

Eph 6:12 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the world’s rulers, of the darkness of this age, against spiritual wickedness in high places.

In order to do battle with a spiritual being who uses spiritual weapons, we must also use spiritual weapons. We have been given these weapons through faith in Jesus Christ.

1Co 15:57 But thanks be to God who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

1Jn 5:4 For everything that has been born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that overcomes the world, our faith. [in Jesus Christ]

We can not fight the devil in our own strength, but we can be mighty in battle when we are in God and work through God.

2Co 10:3 For though walking about in flesh, we do not war according to flesh.
2Co 10:4, 5 For the weapons of our warfare are not fleshly, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strongholds, pulling down imaginations and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought into the obedience of Christ;

When going into battle, you not only need weapons, you also need protective armour. God not only supplies the ultimate weapons, He also supplies the ultimate armour.

Eph 6:11 Put on the whole armor of God so that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.

Eph 6:13 Therefore take to yourselves the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.
Eph 6:14 Therefore stand, having your loins girded about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness
Eph 6:15 and your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace.
Eph 6:16 Above all, take the shield of faith, with which you shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.
Eph 6:17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God,
Eph 6:18 praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching to this very thing with all perseverance and supplication for all saints.

Truth.  Righteousness.  Peace.  Faith.  Salvation.  Word of God.  Prayer. These make up your armour and your weapons and are “mighty through God”!

So how do we win the fight against our enemy the devil?

Jas 4:7 Therefore submit yourselves to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.

Submit to God, put on His armour and wield His sword, which is His Word.

The following scriptures are my prayer for you:

1Co 16:13 Watch! Stand fast in the faith! Be men! Be strong!

Eph 6:10 Finally, my brothers, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might.






In The Beginning – The “How” Of It All

I have written a few posts describing what I believe a Christian is or should be. I guess I should have started with the topic of how a person becomes a Christian in the first place.

The first step can be difficult – recognizing and admitting that we are sinners and that we need to be forgiven and saved. But after that, and contrary to popular opinion, it is actually quite easy to become a Christian. I am not talking about some of the spiritual “hoops” that some would tell you that you have to jump through first. You don’t have to attend church or sign a membership card. You don’t need to be dunked in a tank of water. You don’t need to eat a special wafer or drink special wine. You don’t have to pray for so many hours a day. You don’t have to wear certain clothes or look a certain way. You don’t have to give up drinking alcohol, eating pork, playing cards, going to the movies or dancing. The only prerequisite that God requires of you is that you have a sincere, meek, and penitent heart that desires to seek out God and have a relationship with Him.

Php 1:9, 10 And this I pray, that your love may abound yet more and more in full knowledge and in all perception; … that you may be sincere and without offense until the day of Jesus Christ,

Jas 1:21 Therefore putting aside all filthiness and overflowing of evil, receive in meekness the implanted Word, which is able to save your souls.

Heb 11:6 But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.

When you get to that place in your heart, the next step to becoming a Christian is “saying” and “believing”.

Rom 10:9 Because if you confess the Lord Jesus, and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you shall be saved.
Rom 10:10 For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth one confesses unto salvation.

The word “confess” means to acknowledge. You admit that you are a sinner who needed a saviour and that Saviour is Jesus Christ. (You don’t need anybody else around to verbally confess either – you could be alone on a desert island and God would hear you and accept your confession). Then you acknowledge that Jesus paid the price for your sins and He died in your place.

Then in your heart you believe that God resurrected Christ from the dead and that Jesus is now sitting at the right hand of God interceding for you.

Rom 8:34 … It is Christ who has died, but rather also who is raised, who is also at the right hand of God, who also intercedes for us.

To become a Christian 1) admit that you are a sinner and acknowledge that Jesus died for your sins 2) believe that God raised Jesus from the dead (which is also our hope of glory for us).

And as Porky the Pig said, “Th-th-th-that’s all folks”!

Simple eh?


The Best Thing

This weekend marks the fifth anniversary of my first date with my husband. I drove across the province for eight hours, half of that through completely new territory for me. In many ways, it was like a blind date because while we had been communicating with one another for nine months, we had never before been together.

All the way across the province is a looonnnggg way to go for a date! Talk about nervous! If the date didn’t work out – you couldn’t just leave and go home.

Thankfully, we ‘got along like a house on fire’ from the first moment and a little over a year later, we got married. We are still ‘getting along like a house on fire’.

My husband is a wonderful man and I thank God every day for bringing us together. I would love to say that my hubby is “The Best Thing” that ever happened to me, but that wouldn’t be the truth. At least, it wouldn’t be the most accurate truth. In the worldly scheme of things, my hubby IS  “The Best Thing” that every happened to me. He is my very best friend, my lover, my protector, my provider, my soul-mate. He is the second finest man that I have ever known.

You see, in all truth, my hubby is up against some serious competition for the title of “Best Thing To Have Ever Happened To Me”. For in as much as my husband loves me and I love him, I have to confess that “The Best Thing” that ever happened to me was my salvation through faith in Jesus Christ. God, through His son Jesus, showed me what REAL love is. God is my ultimate protector and provider. Jesus is my true very best friend and the only man whom I have known that is finer than my husband.

I drove eight hours across a province to find my earthly “The Best Thing” but Jesus crossed the boundary from life unto death to give me an eternal “The Best Thing”.

I am so eternally grateful to God that I get to enjoy, not just one, but two of “The Best Things In Life” – my salvation and my husband!

I pray that you too will know “The Best Thing”  – Salvation through faith in Jesus Christ.


Rom 8:38,39 For I am persuaded that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Red Rover, Red Rover

(This has been a challenging post to write and not only because of the subject matter. When the sun has been shining, I couldn’t stand to be indoors so I have been going walkabout with my trusty sidekick, my camera. When the weather has been grey and wet, my brain and body have had difficulty functioning properly so I have been unable to concentrate.)

Once upon a time, in days long past, when children used to play outside, we used to play a number of group games which required the forming of teams. Two leaders would take turns choosing team mates from the rag tag group of kids gathered together on the lawn (usually at our house). Of course, the kids who were the strongest and the fastest always got picked first. No kid wanted to be the one that was left to last and hear one leader say to the other, “You can have Johnny/Jenny”.

Do any of you remember what if felt like to stand in the line and wait to be chosen? Have you ever experienced being chosen last, or worse still, not chosen at all? If so, how did that experience make you feel? As a girl, I can distinctly remember being a “wallflower” at school dances and how it made me feel sick in my stomach to watch the boys walk past me to ask someone else.

Belonging to the “not chosen” group can make a person feel unloved, worthless and hopeless. It can also make a person indifferent and/or angry towards the person/persons who are seen to be doing the “choosing”.

If it makes us feel this way about people in the natural world, how does the understanding that God “picks and chooses” who He will “save” make us feel about God? I have personally heard people say, “Why bother worrying about becoming a Christian if God has already decided/chosen whom He will save?” The basic thought being, “There’s no point!” I feel that this kind of thinking must lead to  feelings of anger, frustration, confusion, loss and hopelessness!

Some church denominations teach that God “calls” or “chooses” only certain people to be saved. I think that this particular church doctrine is mainly based on the following scriptures:

Eph 1:3  Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenlies in Christ;
Eph 1:4  according as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love,
Eph 1:5  having predestined us to the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will,


Rom 8:29  For whom He foreknew, He also predestinated to be conformed to the image of His Son, for Him to be the First-born among many brothers.
Rom 8:30  But whom He predestinated, these He also called; and whom He called, those He also justified. And whom He justified, these He also glorified.


Joh 6:44  No one can come to Me unless the Father who has sent Me draw him…

I don’t deny that Scripture actually says those things, but are the words being correctly interpreted or “rightly divided”? How does the content of these scriptures compare with what other scriptures have to say about God’s character and His plan of salvation?

One denominational statement of faith includes the following explanatory comments:

“God did not elect his children based upon the foreknowledge of who would believe but did so according ‘according to the good pleasure of his will'”.

“God’s saving grace is not universal, but particular, given only to those whom God has chosen from eternity.”

“God’s grace, not human decision, is the decisive factor in salvation. Believers do not choose God so much as God chooses believers”.

My study of the scriptures has led me to hold a different understanding; I don’t believe that God plays “Eenie, meenie, minee, moe” with us when it comes to salvation.

First of all, there is the character and nature of God to take into consideration.

Deu 32:4  He is the Rock; His work is perfect. For all His ways are just, a God of faithfulness, and without evil; just and upright is He.

In Isa. 45:21 God calls himself “a just God“.

Webster’s Dictionary includes the following definitions for the word “just” as it is used in the above scriptures:

–  equitable in the distribution of justice; as a just judge.

–  Conformed to rules of justice; doing equal justice.

Impartial; allowing what is due; giving fair representation of character, merit or demerit.

The apostle Peter confirms the description of God as “just”:

Act 10:34  Then Peter opened his mouth and said, Truly I see that God is no respecter of persons;

Meaning, that God does not exhibit partiality. Webster’s Dictionary defines partiality as:

PARTIALITY, n. parshal’ity. Inclination to favor one party or one side of a question more than the other; an undue bias of mind towards one party or side, which is apt to warp the judgment. Partiality springs from the will and affections, rather than from a love of truth and justice.

Since we have already seen that God is described as being “just”, then He must love truth and justice, therefore He can not exhibit partiality. Therefore, I am unable to believe that the last part of the following statement is correctly interpreted: “God did not elect his children based upon the foreknowledge of who would believe but did so according ‘according to the good pleasure of his will‘”.

Another of Webster’s definitions for the word “just” is as follows:

–  True to promises; faithful; as just to one’s word or engagements.

1Jn 2:25  And this is the promise that He has promised us: everlasting life.

The following scriptures reveal God’s plan and promise of salvation:

Joh 3:14  But even as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up,
Joh 3:15  so that whosoever believes in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life

Joh 3:16  For God so loved the world that He gave His only-begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.
Joh 3:17  For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but so that the world might be saved through Him.
Joh 3:18  He who believes on Him is not condemned

Act 10:35  but in every nation he who fears Him and works righteousness is accepted with Him.

Rom 10:12  For there is no difference both of Jew and of Greek, for the same Lord over all is rich to all who call on Him.
Rom 10:13  For everyone, “whoever shall call on the name of the Lord will be saved.”

Rom 5:18  Therefore as by one offense sentence came on all men to condemnation, even so by the righteousness of One the free gift came to all men to justification of life.

In the above noted scriptures, take special notice of the words “whosoever”, “whoever”, “the world”, “He (meaning anyone) who believes”, “every nation”, “all who call”, “all men” and “everyone”. Do those words convey universal grace or “particular” grace? Do those words support the doctrine,“God’s saving grace is not universal, but particular, given only to those whom God has chosen from eternity.”? Or do the above scriptures tell us of a just God who offers universal saving grace to anyone who believes and accepts Jesus?

Do the above noted scriptures, correctly interpreted, show that “human decision” is involved in “choosing” to believe in God and Jesus, or is the church doctrine, “God’s grace, not human decision, is the decisive factor in salvation. Believers do not choose God so much as God chooses believers” correct?

Comparing scripture with scripture, is the church doctrinal statement, ““God did not elect his children based upon the foreknowledge of who would believe” a correct interpretation of scripture? Let’s look at the following scriptures:

2Ti 1:9  Who gave us salvation, marking us out for his purpose, not on account of our works, but in the measure of his purpose and his grace, which was given to us in Christ Jesus before times eternal,… (BBE)

Rom 8:29  For whom He foreknew, He also predestinated to be conformed to the image of His Son, for Him to be the First-born among many brothers.
“Foreknow” means “to know beforehand”. Could that mean that God knew beforehand who would and who would not believe? Or does it just mean that God “foreknew” that “some” would believe?
Eph 3:11  according to the eternal purpose which He purposed in Christ Jesus our Lord;
Eph 1:4  according as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world,
I understand this to mean that God chose (chooses) whoever is in Jesus Christ, which means, whoever believes and accepts Jesus as their saviour.
Mat 25:34  Then the King shall say to those on His right hand, Come, blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world.

So, having looked at God’s character, that of a just and impartial judge, and His plan for the redemption of mankind, as seen in Joh. 3:16,  a plan which He had made before the foundation of the world,  I interpret the scriptures quoted in the beginning of this blog: Eph. 1:3-5; Rom.8:29,30; Joh.6:44, to mean that, while God does choose, who he chooses is anybody who chooses to believe in and accept Jesus Christ as their saviour. And that since God had the plan of redemption ready to put in place before the foundation of the world, that all those who believe have been predestined to be saved.

So who is God choosing?  God chooses anybody who chooses to believe in the plan that God foreordained, foreknew, that is, Jesus Christ; the outcome of that choice –  being predestined to enjoy the benefits of that foreordained plan – salvation.

“9It is God who saved us and chose us to live a holy life. He did this not because we deserved it, but because that was his plan long before the world began—to show his love and kindness to us through Christ Jesus.

Holy Bible : New Living Translation. 1997 . Tyndale House: Wheaton, Ill.”

Please note that I purposely use the terms “scriptures” and “church doctrine”. I believe that there is an important difference. The scriptures are God’s Word, 2 Tim 3:16 “All Scripture is God-breathed…”. Webster’s dictionary defines doctrine as: “1. In a general sense, whatever is taught. Hence, a principle or position in any science; whatever is laid down as true by an instructor or master. The doctrines of the gospel are the principles or truths taught by Christ and his apostles. The doctrines of Plato are the principles which he taught. Hence a doctrine may be true or false; it may be a mere tenet or opinion.”  Therefore, “church” doctrine is based upon human “tenant or opinion” of scripture. That is why “The Church”, God’s people, have been divided into so many denominations, and why there have, and continue to be, so many different opinions on the interpretation of God’s Word.


PS: I am having difficulty formatting the text on this posting so if it appears confusing, I apologize.

Why I Believe

1Pe 3:15  but sanctify the Lord God in your hearts, and be ready always to give an answer to everyone who asks you a reason of the hope in you, with meekness and fear;

Let me start by asking a few questions: What do you see when you look at the state of the world? What do you think when you watch the news on tv, hear it on the radio or read it in a newspaper or on the internet? How do you feel when you or a loved one is suffering from illness, relationship problems, poverty, fear, or loneliness? What are your solutions for hatred, crime, war, pollution, poverty, sickness and death?

When I look at world history, I see a recurring pattern of ignorance, hatred, anger,  greed, power struggle, war, suffering and death. While it is true that mankind has made advances in such things as science, technology, and medicine, the majority of the population of the world continues to struggle with the same life-destroying problems it always has done. “There is nothing new under the sun”.

What kind of world will it be for our children and their descendants? What kind of hope can mankind give them? It seems that many of our young people don’t have much hope for their future.

What can give people a real reason to hold on through the difficult times of today and a real hope for a better tomorrow? Can the theory of evolution based on the survival of the fittest, dog-eat dog way of thinking offer real hope? Can non-living idols made of stone and wood by man’s hand  offer real hope? Does the belief in witches, wizards, and vampires offer hope? Does the use of alcohol and drugs really make the problems go away? Has mankind, at any time in history, been able to totally eradicate the evil in this world by his own efforts? Do we have the ability to fix ourselves? I would say that the overwhelming evidence of the wickedness of mankind throughout history would say – No – we can’t do it!

So what is the answer then? For me, the answer is not to be found within myself or within the efforts of humankind. The answer, and my hope, is in the belief that there has to be something, someone, bigger and better out there than ourselves:

Rev 1:8  I am the Alpha and Omega, the Beginning and the Ending, says the Lord, who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty.

There has to be someone who loves us more than we love ourselves:

Joh 3:16  For God so loved the world that He gave His only-begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.

There has to be someone with a plan to save us from ourselves:

Gen 3:15  And I will put enmity between you (Satan) and the woman, and between your seed and her Seed; He (Jesus)will bruise your head, and you shall bruise His heel.

Jer 23:5  Behold, the days come, says Jehovah, that I will raise to David a righteous Branch, and a King shall reign and act wisely, and shall do judgment and justice in the earth.

1Jn 4:9  And the love of God was made clear to us when he sent his only Son into the world so that we might have life through him.
1Jn 4:10  And this is love, not that we had love for God, but that he had love for us, and sent his Son to be an offering (atonement) for our sins. (BBE)

There has to be someone who is willing to lay aside all ideas of selfishness; someone who is willing to risk it all, sacrifice it all, give everything they’ve got for the betterment of others:

Joh 3:16  For God so loved the world that He gave His only-begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.
Joh 3:17  For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but so that the world might be saved through Him.

Isa 53:5  But it was for our sins he (Jesus) was wounded, and for our evil doings he was crushed: he took the punishment by which we have peace, and by his wounds we are made well.
Isa 53:6  We all went wandering like sheep; going every one of us after his desire; and the Lord put on him the punishment of us all.
Isa 53:7  Men were cruel to him, but he was gentle and quiet; as a lamb taken to its death, and as a sheep before those who take her wool makes no sound, so he said not a word.

There has to be something to give us hope for the future:

Joh 14:2  In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.
Joh 14:3  And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself, so that where I am, you may be also.

Rev 21:3  And there came to my ears a great voice out of the high seat, saying, See, the Tent of God is with men, and he will make his living-place with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them, and be their God.
Rev 21:4  And he will put an end to all their weeping; and there will be no more death, or sorrow, or crying, or pain; for the first things have come to an end.
Rev 21:5  And he who is seated on the high seat said, See, I make all things new. (BBE)

This is why I have hope. This is why I believe.

Joh 20:31  But these are written so that you might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing you might have life in His name.

Joh 14:1  Let not your heart be troubled. You believe in God, believe also in Me.