Message of Hope
“Fear … meet HOPE”
“I hope it doesn’t rain.” “I hope I pass the test.” “I hope I’m not late.”
These are everyday expressions using the word “hope” in a weak way. It is just like saying I wish, or I prefer, or it would be nice if …
True hope, the kind of hope we celebrate at Advent and Christmas is what I call capital “H” Hope. It is the kind of Hope we center our lives on, the kind of Hope that gives our life purpose, direction and meaning. This Hope is found in the person of Jesus.
One of the Christmas songs, “O Little Town of Bethlehem” says: “The hopes and fears of all the years are met in thee tonight.” The hymn writer personifies the town where Jesus was born as we read in Matthew 2:5
“In Bethlehem in Judea,” they replied, “for this is what the prophet has written” The Jewish scholars had been asked where the Messiah, the anointed one, the one long hoped for was to be born, this was their answer, based on a text written by the prophet Micah, over 700 years earlier. When Jesus was born our fears met HOPE.
We experience lots of fears in life. But do we have strong Hope? Capital “H” Hope?
The message of Christmas is filled with HOPE. The good news is that God loved the world so much that He sent his son, Jesus, that whoever believes in Jesus will have eternal life. (John 3:16) Hope is accepting forgiveness for our sin, receiving new life in Jesus, and knowing the hope of everlasting life.
Now that is true Hope. My prayer for you this Christmas is that you experience hope found in Jesus.
Pastor Ray Harris
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