On the road to Mammoth Cave is a tiny cemetery. If you blink you’ll miss it.
When my family drove by a few years ago, we were startled by the name: “Little Hope Cemetery.”
Did it earn its name because of its diminutive size or because those buried in it despaired of life after death?
It’s sobering to think about.
In reality, there are only two cemeteries in this world–The Burial Place of Little Hope and The Resting Place of Living Hope. The graveyard of the unredeemed and the tombs of the saints.
The hope the world offers to unbelievers is as fleeting as the dew. It is nothing more than a wish, a daydream.
“I hope to see you at the game tomorrow.”
“I hope you feel better soon.”
“I hope he’s in a better place.”
This hope is based on chance and on man’s effort. It’s empty and will ultimately remain unfulfilled.
When unbelievers die, they are buried in Little Hope Cemetery. They relied on their own works and all their family can do is “hope” they were good enough to get into Heaven.
But believers have true hope in the face of death.
Take a look at what Paul says in 1 Thessalonians:
But we do not want you to be uninformed, brothers, about those who are asleep, that you may not grieve as others do who have no hope. For since we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so, through Jesus, God will bring with Him those who have fallen asleep.1 Thessalonians 4:13-14
The Christian’s hope is founded upon Jesus and what He did on the cross. This hope is not empty, but full of confident expectation.
Our hope is not dead, because our hope is in the living Savior.
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to His great mercy, He has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you…1 Peter 1:3-4
We do not rely on works to get to heaven. When our time comes to die, we rest in Jesus, knowing that our faith will become sight (Heb 11:1).
If salvation depended on us, we would have lost it a thousand times. But our redemption rests in the hands of the God of hope (Rom. 15:13).
And this hope will not disappoint.
When you die, will you be buried in the Cemetery of Little Hope or in the Resting Place of Living Hope?