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Hope Renewed
Hope Renewed

Finally. Christmas is here. All the shopping is done, the parties attended and the gifts opened. Ironically, in the midst of all the “must do’s” for the holiday season, reflecting on the birth of Christ has become an after thought.

I think about how eager my kids were to open their gifts under the tree on Christmas Day this year. They wondered each day leading up to Christmas if it “was time.” You can imagine the excitement they experienced when Christmas morning finally arrived and it actually was time. Similarly, I imagine those awaiting the coming of the Messiah in Jesus’ Day being just as excited and hopeful for His arrival. Luke 2:10 reads,

“And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.” (ESV)

As I reflected this past Monday on the good news of Jesus coming to earth as our Savior, I had peace. As I thought about Jesus being the Son of God (in essence God Himself), and dwelling among us, I felt that everything was going to be alright. My problems didn’t seem as great as the mighty God who once walked the earth in the form of Christ. I only thought of the hope that is Jesus and that was comforting.

I pray that as you spend some time reflecting on the reason for the season, you too will experience the peace, joy and hope that could only come for knowing Jesus as Savior and Christ the Lord.