1. Exposition

What are some ancient quotes that illustrate hopelessness?

1 Thessalonians 4:13 (ESV)

13 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.

  • “While there's life there’s hope, and only the dead have none” (Theocritus, a Greek poet of the 3rd century BC).

  • “If I fought wild beasts in Ephesus with no more than human hopes, what have I gained? If the dead are not raised, ‘Let us eat and drink, for tomorrow we die’” (1 Corinthians 15:32). This remark of Paul's summarizes quite well what to do when there is no hope.