As we near the season of Advent I wanted to touch on the subject of hope. Hope represents the first theme of Advent. I want to encourage you to read 1st Peter 1:3-9, “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His abundant mercy has begotten us again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead (1st Peter 1:3). The dominant theme found throughout this letter from Peter is that there is a hope. It is a radical hope. I am not talking about throwing caution to the wind and hoping that everything turns out alright. In the world that so often does pass as hope. I am talking about the hope we have in Christ.
For the Christian our hope does not rest on humankind, but on God and God alone. This hope rests upon the living God who is known by His loving deeds. The God who raised Christ from the dead and gave Him glory, so that our faith and hope can be in Him. Christ is the only One who offers us this hope which is incorruptible and undefiled and will never fade away. Society is abounded with beauty, with courage, and intellectualism, but it is a world without hope. There are those who are economically and politically well situated but still live lives devoid of satisfaction.
Old age is faced with fear; peoples lives are continually being threatened with misfortune and tragedy. To everyone who has ever been overwhelmed by such a frustrating sense of despair and meaninglessness; God has opened up the true destiny of life, for those who believe, through the resurrection of Jesus Christ. No doubt history’s greatest miracle. The hope produced by the resurrection is a living and active reality. It produces the life of hope in which the eternal power of God is at work. Our future is not merely in the hands of fate or destiny. It is in the hands of God. My intention is not to belittle the agony that life can bring. It’s not uncommon to become dejected about sickness or family problems that are sometimes overwhelming. If we let them, these things can bring us down.
But the Christian lives in hope, in confidence, trusting God that our future is firm and secure. We don’t fully know what life on this earth holds for us. It’s sure to be filled with its share of ups and downs. But this we know, through Jesus Christ we have real hope. It is this hope that keeps our troubles in perspective. The joy of heaven is forever and with that in mind we can endure anything. May God keep you and bless you and make His face to shine upon you, and remember, that Jesus is the reason for the season.