We often speak of hope the wrong way. Itâ€™s not uncommon to hear Christian parents say of their children, â€œWe hope they grow up to follow Christ.â€ That sort of use of the word hope is more akin to wish. However, that isnâ€™t how Scripture speaks of hope.
Christian hope is certitude. Itâ€™s the rope of faith tied to the anchor of Godâ€™s promise. So, when we bring our children to be baptized, weâ€™re to do so in evangelical hope. Hope that is assured that Godâ€™s promise is sure and steadfast. Hope that God will grant saving faith to those who are baptized into His Triune name. Hope that isnâ€™t wishful thinking, but is true faith in Godâ€™s promise to be our God, and the God of our children, and the God of our childrenâ€™s children to a thousand generations and beyond. That is our certain hope.
So welcome covenant child to Jesus Christâ€¦