Hope is at the Heart of Christmas

If we look around us today, from a human standard, it seems harder to have hope. Our political structures are a mess. Inflation is out of control. People are wondering how they are going to make it through the winter.

From a faith standpoint, we hear about less and less people going to church. Nationwide, the word is that attendance is down, giving is down, and serving is down. Prayer gatherings are getting smaller. Those who call themselves evangelical Christians are even less connected with His word and beginning to question the basic tenants of our faith. Where does our hope come from?

Fortunately, Christmas is a reminder that our hope is not in the hands of people. As Christians, we find our hope in the Lord.

Our hope came through the birth of a child. But not any child, God Incarnate.

“For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the greatness of his government and peace there will be no end. He will reign on David's throne and over his kingdom, establishing and upholding it with justice and righteousness from that time on and forever. The zeal of the Lord Almighty will accomplish this.” Isa 9:6-7 NIV

Jesus, born of a virgin, God Incarnate, came to bring us hope. We receive hope because He came, lived, and died to save us from our sins. And His resurrection proved that He is who He said He was! And over 500 people saw Jesus after His resurrection (1 Cor 15).

And because of this, when we come to Jesus, He gives us hope for the future.

• He will never leave us nor forsake us (Heb 13:5)

• We are children of God and heirs (Gal 3:26-29)

• That He has gone to prepare a place for us, and will come to bring us to that place (John 14:1-3)

This is the real reason for hope!

Lord, as we begin the Advent season, help us to find our hope in You, for with You all things are possible. Help us to put You first in our lives, and may we draw closer to You this year than ever before. In Your mighty name, Jesus, we pray…

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