Christmas is just days away and I find myself mentally willing things to slow down. The days could drag a little and I would be just fine. I enjoy the opportunity to give gifts and bless other. I also enjoy the time away from work to be with family. However, there is something about Christmas I like even more than gift-giving and family time. I love the hope that comes with the holiday.There is hope for the hopeless at Christmas time. #HopeForTheHopeless Click To Tweet
The Christmas story, as we find it in the book of Luke, Chapter 2, depicts a humble start. It tells the story of a young girl, not yet married and heavily pregnant with the Christ child.
4 So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David.5 He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child.6 While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born,7 and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them. [Luke 2|4-7]
This ignoble start is the first of many things that should give us hope. In this world it is easy to be tempted to believe that our own messy story and modest circumstances preclude anything good in our future. And yet, as we read the account of the coming of Jesus we can see that where and how we start does not determine our destiny. It is the humble manger birth that brought all of humanity one step closer to God. The manger scene, the place of humble beginnings, should be a sign to us that there is reason to hope.The more we learn about Jesus, the more certain we can be that where we start isn't nearly as important as where we end. #HopeForTheHopeless Click To Tweet
Hope Come Down
Our case for hope doesn’t stop at the manger. There is yet more cause for hope found at Christmas time. The birth of Christ solidifies the relationship between us and God. God, our Father, steps out of the role of Creator and takes on the form of man, becoming fully flesh. Born into the earth through the babe that is Jesus, we are blessed with a Father that understand our humanity.
22 All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet: 23 “The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel”[d](which means “God with us”). [Matthew 1|22-23]
The babe Jesus would grow into the man that became our Savior, a man that had experienced every temptation and hurt that we have felt and struggled with.
13 Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account. [Hebrews 4|13]
Friend, let yourself find hope in this. We have a God that understands us and still loves us. He sees us laid bare and does not turn away. And in exchange, for all those that call on Him offers grace, offers freedom and offers hope.
21 She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus,[a] because he will save his people from their sins.” [Matthew 1|21]
What grace is this? He is not unaware of our sin, but rather took on flesh that He might also take on our sin. This is not only cause for hope but also for celebration!
Let me share one other cause for hope at Christmas and it comes from one of my favorite verses. Not only do we see that hope is compatible with humble beginnings and walks among us in the form of a human Savior, but there is also hope to be found in the character of our Savior.
For to us a child is born,
to us a son is given,
and the government will be on his shoulders.
And he will be called
Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. [Isaiah 9|6]
We don’t just have a Savior, we have a Wonderful Counselor who desires to give us wisdom and understanding should we only ask for it. We have a Mighty God, bigger and more than capable to face any of the battles in our path. We have an Everlasting Father, a father who is perfect, who will never abandon us – no matter what. And finally, we can have hope because we have a Prince of Peace. We know that we will have trouble is this world but we can find hope in the One who has overcome the world. We can have hope in the One who offers the peace that surpasses all understanding.
Left to our own doing we are all hopeless — but He has not left us alone.
Be hopeful friend. Be there.