Hope…isn’t it exactly what we all need for this life here on earth?
The typical idea of hope is “to wish for, to expect, but without certainty of the fulfillment, to desire very much, but with no real assurance of getting your desire” (definition from Bible.org).
During the next few weeks you may hear your children saying, “I hope I get…” as they look forward to opening the gifts under the tree at Christmas.
During the next few weeks you may hear yourself saying, “I hope these weeks leading up to Christmas aren’t as busy as last year. I really hope to enjoy this season and not feel so overwhelmed.”
During the next few weeks you may hear your spouse saying, “I really hope that I get that bonus check to pay for all the food and gifts we’re intending to purchase.”
During the next few weeks you may hear your parent saying, “I really hope you kids will be able to be home for Christmas, last year we weren’t able to spend it together and it just wasn’t the same.”
We all are hoping for something, something that will satisfy our heart and bring us joy.
Our hope is a wish, a desire, an expectancy with much uncertainty about it.
The biblical usage of hope according to the words translated from Hebrew and Greek has an indication of certainty. When you read the word hope in Scripture it means “a strong and confident expectation” (definition from Bible.org).
There is a certain hope, a sure thing, a strong and confident expectation, one thing that we can count on, it is the Hope we have in Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior.
Christmas is the season of hope as we remember His birth, the fulfillment of a promise from long ago.
Isaiah 6:9 promises, “For unto us a child is born, Unto us a Son is given; And the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.”
Luke 2:11 reveals the promise fulfilled 700 years later, “Today in the town of David, a Savior has been born to you, he is the Messiah, the Lord.”
The focus of all hope must be in Jesus, He is the only True Hope we have for all of life.
- Jesus is our hope for peace in heart and mind. “Peace I leave with you: my peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” John 14:27
- Jesus is our hope for salvation and eternal life in heaven. “For God so loved the world, that he gave His only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish, but have eternal life.” John 3:16
- Jesus is our hope because He is God. “Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel,” which is translated “God with us.”
- Jesus is our hope because He is love. “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; just as I have loved you, you are also to love one another.” John 13:34 “As the Father has loved me, so I love you. Abide in my love.” (Jesus speaking) John 15:9
- Jesus is our hope because He is faithful. He will never fail us. “Jesus Christ our faithful witness.” Revelation 1:5 “God is faithful who has called us into fellowship with his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.” 1 Corinthians 1:9
This season seek to put your hope in Jesus Christ alone.