Christian hope is not a casual hope for “your best life now”. It is not hope to get a parking spot or a better job. That is something else. I hope you get that better job. Really. We don’t hope that Jesus will save us from our sins either. He already did that. Our hope is in resurrection. Resurrection only follows death.
Be not affrighted! (Mark 16:6-8)
There is nothing pretty about Christian hope. Whatever Christian hope is, it begins in terror and utter disorientation in the face of the collapse of all that is familiar and well known.
James Alison, Raising Abel, p.161