My hope is built on nothing less

Hope.
Often-elusive but ever-longed-for in our world, hope isn’t a deceptive dream for the Christian.  It’s a certain and tangible reality, because it’s based upon the finished work of Jesus Christ, and all that flows from His death and resurrection.
During next Sunday morning’s service, we’ll sing an old hymn about the Christian’s hope that’s been updated with a more contemporary flavour.  The verses were penned by Edward Mote almost 200 years ago, when he wrote: ’My hope is built on nothing less.’  More recently, Hillsong have updated the music and added a chorus entitled, ‘Cornerstone‘.
And it’s a great theme for the chorus of this song – because as Paul explained to the church in Ephesus, Jesus Christ is the chief cornerstone (Eph 2:20).  For those of us who haven’t built a building before, it’s difficult to imagine how important the cornerstone is.  But it’s critically important!  Every other stone will be set in reference to the cornerstone.  For builders, the cornerstone determines the position of the entire structure.  For Christians, as Paul goes on to explain in Ephesians 2, Jesus Christ is the cornerstone from which “the whole building is joined together and rises to become a holy temple in the Lord.”
That’s why it’s so important to build our whole lives – every morsel of our hope – upon Him.  And because He has already conquered death, paid the penalty for our sin, and guaranteed our eternal inheritance through the ministry of His Holy Spirit: we can have hope even when the darkness of the struggles of today seem to hide His face from view.
Hold on to – press into – build your life upon the unshakeable Cornerstone.  Because when He returns, we will be found “…dressed in His righteousness alone” and, “Faultless, stand before the throne.”
My hope is built on nothing less
Than Jesus’ blood and righteousness
I dare not trust the sweetest frame
But wholly trust in Jesus’ name
My hope is built on nothing less
Than Jesus’ blood and righteousness
I dare not trust the sweetest frame
But wholly trust in Jesus’ name
Christ alone, cornerstone
Weak made strong, in the Savior’s love
Through the storm
He is Lord, Lord of all
When darkness seems to hide His face
I rest on His unchanging grace
In every high and stormy gale
My anchor holds within the veil
Christ alone, cornerstone…
Then He shall come with trumpets sound
Oh, may I then in Him be found
Dressed in His righteousness alone
Faultless, stand before the throne
 Christ alone, cornerstone…
Lyrics © Warner/Chappell Music, Inc.