Hope was what the angels sang about. Hope lay in the manger. Hope caused Mary to wonder in her heart. Christmas is a hope story because it heralds the coming to earth of the One who is hope, Jesus. For each of us born in a world damaged by sin there simply could not be any other source of hope. Good education would not solve the problem. Benevolent government had no power to solve the problem. More and better laws couldn’t penetrate to the source of the problem. People couldn’t help one another, and they surely couldn’t help themselves.
The condition of sin infects every single human being from birth and has scarred every aspect of the world we live in. The only solution was a Savior. He would not come to set up an earthly kingdom and enforce his rule on the unwilling. He would not come to judge and condemn. He would come to serve, to suffer, and to die so that his kingdom would reign in the hearts of people. He came to seek and to save. He came to rescue and restore. He came to give hope that we could be redeemed and the world could be renewed.
When Jesus was born, so was our hope. May your Christmas be filled with true joy this year, and may you find the one person that is hope...Jesus.
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