North Point 
Alliance Church 
English Ministry

Rev. Stera Chan
Pastor Lawrence Choy
+852 2807 5200

2/F Phase 2, Maximall
233 Electric Road
North Point, Hong Kong

The Lord is Risen! God Blesses Me with the Best Hope!

By Rev. Sally Yung

March 31, 2024

       Without hope, man would easily become frustrated with no aspirations, no goals, and no strength to live. Some may even want to take their own lives. Data released by the World Health Organization (WHO) last August shows that more than 700,000 people worldwide commit suicide every year. Meanwhile, according to WHO, a total of 38 countries have formulated strategies to prevent suicide on the eve of World Suicide Prevention Day 2019. John 10:10 says, “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” May God bless and guide people to put their faith in Christ the Lord so that their lives become meaningful and they can cherish hope.

      What do you hope for? Wealth and fame? A happy marriage? Loving children and grandchildren? Family harmony? Good health? A chance to show your talents? Or a good job and peaceful living? All these are good, but they may not be easy to attain. And even if you can, they will all pass away, for this life on earth must end. And so they are not the best or everlasting hope. Meanwhile, those who do not put their faith in the Lord will not see eternal life, and the wrath of God remains on them. They will be thrown into the lake of fire (see John 3:36; Revelation 20:15). What a misery!

      Nevertheless, in His great mercy, our Heavenly Father who loves us deeply has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. Our hope in the Lord is one for eternal life which God, who does not lie, promised before the beginning of time (see 1 Peter 1:3; Titus 1:2). Only the hope of eternal life is the best hope, for God is faithful and He will surely fulfil His promises. He will give those who trust in Him the most valuable grace so we can overcome all adversities in life!

      Recently, I took part in a number of memorial services and funerals. I could feel how utterly painful non-believers are to be eternally separated from their loved ones who are deceased. On the contrary, believing brothers and sisters experience great comfort and hope for they know they are only temporarily parting with beloved friends and relatives who are resting in the Lord’s embrace, that they will gather again in the heavenly home until eternity. “‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’ or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away” (Revelation 21:4). To live in a place where there are only righteous people filled with the glory of God, where there is no more darkness, sinners and evil, where the presence of God is eternal – how great that would be! Lately, a relative of one sister who rested in the Lord heard the gospel and made the decision to put her faith in the Lord. The relative is now attending worship services. Thanks be to God for her!

      “So then, dear friends, since you are looking forward to this, make every effort to be found spotless, blameless and at peace with him” (2 Peter 3:14). Dear brothers and sisters, may we not only thank God and celebrate the Lord’s death and resurrection at Easter and His gift of eternal life which we do not deserve. May we also reflect on whether we are living a consecrated life. May we give some thoughts to how much unbelieving family and friends need the Lord’s saving grace. May we take every opportunity to preach the gospel so they can share in the risen, eternal life, live missionally and abundantly, and worship and serve with us the only true God who so loves us.