At the beginning of this football season, I’d like to talk about the difference between false hope and certain hope.  False hope is what you feel at the beginning of the season when your team is undefeated.  They may be 0-0, but hey, that’s still undefeated.  There’s hope.  The problem is, at some point in the fall, especially in the state of South Carolina, reality sets in, and the hope we had at the beginning of the season is revealed as a false.  It is a hope not based in reality. (Notable exception- last year’s Clemson team, but can they do it again?)

Certain hope is different.  When Christians say our hope is in Jesus Christ and the power of the resurrection, it is not wishful thinking.  It is not a hope that could one day be uncovered as false.  Instead, it is a sure and certain hope, the kind based in the reality of what God has done for us in the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus. 

Do you see the difference?  Your hope in the Gamecocks, Bulldogs, Blue Hose, and even the Tigers will eventually disappoint, but the hope we have in Jesus will never let us down.  And even better, it is a hope we can cling to every single day. 

Yours in the REAL hope of Jesus,