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Hope

First Sunday of Advent

Scripture Reading – Romans 15:12-15

 

One of my favorite passages is Jeremiah 29:11; “‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future.’” Through the prophet, God was giving Israel a word of encouragement and promise about their future. They were a nation in exile with little or no signs of hope for any kind of future. But God had a plan and a promise.

Many in our world live day to day with the same pessimism and despair that overwhelmed Israel, living without hope or purpose. As God fulfilled His promise to Israel and brought hope to the nation, we have been given the same hope. Galatians 4:4 says, “But when the time had fully come, God sent His son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those under the law…” The birth of Jesus Christ gives hope to the hopeless. He gives purpose and the potential to have a loving relationship with Almighty God.

Our hope is twofold: because of God’s gift of love, we can live life now with purpose and hope. In John 10:10 Jesus says, “I have come that they might have life, and have it to the fullest.”  We also have the great hope of spending eternity in heaven because of our relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ.

This Christmas let us celebrate the hope in us, Christ Jesus!

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