Friday, December 4, 2020

Hope to Overcome this World

 Friday, December 4, 2020

Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. Hebrews 11:1

Hope for

We have had so many things this year try to steal our hope.  How is a heart to give thanks when it is consumed by so much darkness?  And how is a heart supposed to have hope when it seems that there is no point - in the midst of so much separation, heartbreak and disappointment?  Sometimes it feels impossible to find even a shred of hope in in what seems to be a cold, cruel, and unmerciful world.

The key word there is world.  We are in this world, but not of this world.  We are only part timers here and the real hope and victory over all the horrible things this world offers are beyond any life here on earth.  The only ticket into that place is Jesus Christ. He is the Hope.  He is our only Hope.

Advent season is all about the anticipation and the waiting for the coming of Christ. Jesus came and brought Hope for all.  He brought hope to a world wrought with disease, violence, unrest and turmoil, uncertainty; and most of all, He brought the hope of salvation from our sin.  He took upon Himself all our unrighteousness so that we may become righteous and He died the death we deserve.  

Jesus Christ is the only hope that can overcome this hard world.  He is the only answer to any of life’s problems and the only light at the end of the tunnel.  The anticipation of the long-awaited Messiah was fulfilled in His birth and now we await His return.  So, the season of Advent continues as we wait in great anticipation of the culmination of all hopes fulfilled – His return.  Our Hope is in Jesus and His gift of eternal life.  In Him, wrongs are righted, wounds are healed, death becomes life, sins are washed away, and eternal hope resides.

In this season of anticipation, don’t be distracted by all the heavy stuff going on all around you.  Remember the hope of Jesus, the gift of eternal life He gives, and spread this hope to those around you.

I wait for the Lord, my whole being waits, and in his word I put my hope.  Psalm 130:5

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