“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead” 1 Pet. 1:3
It is kind of like the movie Groundhog Day. Every day we get up, read/watch the news, and then declare with a certain amount of sadness, “this world is hopeless”. North Korea is going nuts, the sexual improprieties of our nation are on full display, politics has divided our country in the meanest of ways, and the list goes on and on. To be honest, without Jesus, the conclusion that our world is hopeless is spot on.
But as we celebrate that time of year when we focus on the birth of our Lord Jesus, one thing is for sure—Christians are a people full of hope (no matter what is happening in the world around us). Let’s make sure though, that we are speaking the same language. Hope is not the same as wish. “Wish” is a word we use when we would like something to happen that would bless us…..be we don’t really know if it will happen or not (such as, “I wish I could win the lottery”). “Hope” is something totally different. It is having a certainty about something which has yet to occur. That is why in the Bible, our great hope is in Jesus, who arrived in a manger and broke free of the grave. The hope of our future resurrection from the dead is the greatest gift that began on a Christmas years ago. We don’t “wish” for this, we are certain of it—that’s hope.
So during this first week of Advent, take some time, slow down, and let your soul meditate on the hope that you have in Jesus. Hope of ultimate healing. Hope of eternity with the Father. Hope of a heavenly city. Hope of a life free from tears, pain, and death. These are not wishes, they are certain. And that is why Jesus’ return is called “our blessed hope” (Titus 2:13).
Scriptures about hope
Luke 2:1-20; Luke 7:36-50; Luke 5:17-26; Jeremiah 17:7-18
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