Monday, December 2, 2013

hope of the world


And his name will be the hope of all the world.

It is December, and the Christmas season is officially open and moving forward.  It is Jesus whose birth was foretold.  It is Jesus that the names have been talked about and shared.  The verse above calls our Savior “the hope of all the world”.  The key word there is HOPE.  Jesus is our hope.

There are many different angles on the concept of Hope and the person of Hope.  As you read the following verses chart in your mind who Jesus is as the Hope of the world.

Psalm 9:18  NLT
But the needy will not be ignored forever; the hopes of the poor will not always be crushed.

We put our hope in the Lord.  He is our help and our shield.

I say to myself, “The Lord is my inheritance; therefore, I will hope in him!”

Romans 5:5  NLT
And this hope will not lead to disappointment.  For we know how dearly God loves us, because he has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with his love.

I pray that your hearts will be flooded with light so that you can understand the confident hope he has given to those he called—his holy people who are his rich and glorious inheritance.

Now may our Lord Jesus Christ himself and God our Father, who loved us and by his grace gave us eternal comfort and a wonderful hope,

This hope is a strong and trustworthy anchor for our souls.  It leads us through the curtain into God’s inner sanctuary.

Let us hold tightly without wavering to the hope we affirm, for God can be trusted to keep his promise.

The concept and the truth of HOPE is incredible.  Literally truth is a person whose name is Jesus.  By knowing hope, really knowing Jesus, our lives will be much stronger and much different.

As I shared these verses with our church this weekend in the first of our series “The Very Best” there is one verse that sticks out to me:

Now a true widow, a woman who is truly alone in this world, has placed her hope in God.  She prays night and day, asking God for his help.

Like that lady who sees no hope she begs God for help.  It is time for us as followers of Jesus to beg God to give His hope to more and more people as we live with more hope than we’ve ever had before.


Jesus is our hope, the hope of the world!

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