We have lasting hope through the salvation we have in Christ – Hope means that even when it looks like it’s all over, it’s not all over yet. That’s why the Bible says we can rejoice even in our tribulations. God is working in our hard times to produce proven character and hope in us. – Dr. Tony Evans, “Totally Saved”
For millions of people around the world, Christmas is nothing more than parties, gifts, decorations, and time off from work.
For me, a Christ-follower, it’s so much more than that.
Sure, I love the decorations and enjoy giving gifts (and receiving them – who doesn’t?), but that all pales in light of the real reason I celebrate this season: a season to remember the hope we have because of Jesus Christ.
We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure. Hebrews 6.19
Before Jesus came, God seemed distant. Read any book in the Old Testament and you’ll understand what I mean by that. He was hidden away in the Holy of Holies in the temple, accessible only by the high priest. Worshipers wondered whether their sacrifices were acceptable. They probably often doubted their salvation.
Then Jesus came and with him, hope arrived.
He has come for us
He’s the hope for all mankind
He has come for us
Born to give us life
Christ means hope – to the person out of work, to the struggling single mother (or father), to the dying believer. Even if you feel that you can’t find your way out of the murkiness of the struggles of this life, if you have Jesus, you have hope.
The hope he brings is not a false hope. It’s very real.
And when he arose from the dead in his new, resurrected, physical form (a form we will one day be in too), God ended that argument once and for all.
Christmas renews that hope for us; it reconfirms this hope for us, especially when our vision has grown dim. God settled it long ago and we have no reason to doubt. Jesus is the fulfillment of that hope; our deepest longings have come true.
Do not be afraid…be glad and rejoice. Surely the Lord has done great things! Joel 2.21
Find your hope in him this season… and choose to continue finding that hope beyond this season.