The Apostle James tells us that the prophet Elijah was a man ''subject to like passions as we are''. I am thankful that those men and women who were so mighty in prayer were just like ourselves. We are apt to think that those prophets and mighty men and women of old times were different from us. To be sure they lived in a much darker age, but they were of like passions with ourselves.
Even among Christians there is a difference of opinion about the end of the world. All seem to agree there is a spiritual component to end times, but well-loved preacher D. L. Moody provides a sermon on how he interprets the biblical texts on the subject - and why he believes this is God's blessed hope.
A great many persons imagine that anything said about heaven is only a matter of speculation. They talk about heaven much as they would about the air. Now there would not have been so much in Scripture on this subject if God had wanted to leave the human race in darkness about it. ''All Scripture,'' we are told, ''is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be perfect.
I have selected for my subject this afternoon the blessed hope. We are told to be ready to give a reason for the hope we have within us, and what we want to do is to find out what our hope is. I believe there are a great many people who are hoping and hoping, when they have no ground for hope. I don't know of any better way to find out whether we have true ground for the hope we have within us than to look in scripture to see what the scripture has to say.