Today is the first Sunday of ADVENT.
As we look forward to the celebration of the birth of Christ Jesus, certain truths naturally surface to the top of our minds. For me, one of the most obvious truths is that without the birth of Christ, our Redeemer and Savior… we would most assuredly be doomed in a spiritual sense. That would make us completely hopeless, wouldn’t you agree?
The word I want to focus on today is HOPE. Christ came to earth as a baby, was raised in our world as a normal human, then gave His LIFE – for mankind. That is the essence of HOPE. It’s hope in a nutshell, you might say.If we as Christians really stop and think about it, we have absolutely no excuse to worry about anything! There is a complete assurance for not only the present, but for all eternity, when we place our full trust and dependence on God. His provision for us, physically, spiritually, in all ways – is perfect! He really is ALL we need in this life and in the life to come. Do you believe that? I do!
The good thing about the HOPE we find in the Holy Trinity is that, it never fades. HOPE from the Father, the Son & the Holy Spirit is with us from the moment we accept it. Hope is not here one day and gone the next. As much as I enjoy receiving Christmas presents from friends and family – I know that those MATERIAL THINGS are going to perish at some point. They will get broken or lost – they could easily suffer in some manner because they are only things. The HOPE in my heart that comes from God is never going to go away. And, while there are some who think that the government can somehow take their hope from them… I do not subscribe to that belief at all. The world did not give this hope to me. The world cannot take it away from me!
The HOPE is Christ. The HOPE is given to us by God. All you have to do is receive it with a grateful heart. I receive His gift of HOPE today, tomorrow and forever – do you? 🙂