“My hope is built on nothing less than Jesus blood and righteousness.”
Ultimately, one could sing or pray these words as an attempt to convince God that they deserve His favor. God calls us to examine our hearts (2 Cor. 13:5).
Examine whether your hope is built on Jesus blood and righteousness. Jesus’ blood and righteousness has become the foundation for the singer’s hope. There are lesser things on which to rest hope, but Jesus’ blood and His righteousness are the most secure and worthy foundation. So, an obvious question is this: For what does the singer hope that Jesus blood and righteousness is his/her go-to response?
Hoping to be free from earthly pain? Pain and suffering in this life becomes bearable knowing we have a great inheritance. Peter wrote to suffering people when he encouraged, “In this (our salvation) you rejoice, though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been grieved by various trials” (1 Pet. 1:6).
Hoping to see the heavenly Father? As the Christian grows deeper in faith, closer to God, and more Christlike (Rom. 8:29), reaching the merciful adopting Father becomes more sweet and bright. What could be better than to see your redeemer? Peter continued by telling them, “set your hope fully on the grace that will be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ” (1 Pet. 1:13).
Although we are still here in this fallen condition, our trajectory is Christlikeness in God’s holy presence. This is only possible by Jesus blood and righteousness. That’s it! God and us, as He originally intended when He created mankind in the Garden.
Examine whether your hopes are built on Jesus blood and righteousness, or built on things this world can provide.