O Christ, Our Hope
O Christ, our hope, our hearts’ desire,
creation’s mighty Lord.
Redeemer of the fallen world,
by holy love outpoured.
How vast your mercy to accept
the burden of our sin,
and bow your head in cruel death
to make us clean within.
Oh, let your mighty love prevail
to purge us of our pride,
that we may stand before your throne
by mercy purified.
All praise to you, ascended Lord;
all glory ever be
to Father, Son, and Spirit
blest through all eternity.
Latin Hymn trans. by John Chandler
If you have hope, what is your hope? What value does this hope have for your daily life?
Can you envision what it was like for Christ to die on the cross? It is a terribly slow, cruel death. For whom would you agree to endure something like that?
We are taught that Jesus died for all our sins. Why did this hymnwriter focus on pride? Do you think you are proud? What do you do because of your pride? How could you humble your pride and become a servant?
What image comes to mind when you read the fourth verse? See Revelation 7:9-17
For the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life a ransom for many. Mark 10:45
- In books that teach career advancement, one of the common mantras is, “It’s not what you know; it’s who.” The disciples clearly thought they knew the right person to advance them to special celebrity status. (See Mark 10:35-40) What was wrong with this idea?
- Do you want career advancement? What good thing would happen if you were promoted? What bad thing might accompany career advancement? What if you didn’t care either way?
- Did you ever consider that you are 100% responsible for the success of your employer? What would you need to differently if this is true? Do you know what your employer thinks it means for him/her to be successful? Do you think Jesus cares if your employer is successful? If you are successful?
- If you decided that your call is to be a servant, whom would you serve?
Whoever wants to be first must be last of all and servant of all. Mark 9:35
In contemporary culture, winning is very important. Whether a prize is obtained by competition or in a random drawing, people get excited by winning a prize. People want to be first in line, first to own the new product or the new fashion.
- Why did Jesus say that if I want to be first, I must be last?
- In Jesus’ mind, what does it mean to be first, anyway?
- Does Jesus want me to keep putting other people ahead of me all the time? How do I ever accomplish anything?
- If I am servant of all, then when do I get to eat? What will be left for me? Will anyone ever serve me?