At Christmastime, I often drink my coffee from a mug decorated simply with the word, “hope.” It’s a word, I think, that perfectly describes this season. More than that, it’s a word that essentially defines the Christian life.
Therefore remember that at one time you Gentiles in the flesh, called “the uncircumcision” by what is called the circumcision, which is made in the flesh by hands—remember that you were at that time separated from Christ, alienated from the commonwealth of Israel and strangers to the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world. But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ. (Ephesians 2:11-13)
Without Jesus, all is hopeless. We have no hope of being reconciled to God, and therefore no hope of eternal life with Him. What a discouragement it must be to be without hope in this world! And indeed, that is exactly what we were—hopeless—before Christ saved us.
Now, as Christians, we have the greatest hope of all. No matter our position or circumstance in life, we have hope for the future—a future that will never end. Jesus Christ is our hope. At Christmas, we reflect on the hope felt by those who awaited His first coming. But let us also not neglect to gaze intently upon His future promises, and anticipate His return. This is our hope.
After contemplating such greatness, turning to this insignificant list seems silly, but nevertheless, I would not want you to have to enter the weekend without enjoying your week in review (kind of):
- I haven’t listened to this yet but am planning on it.
- Packers fans are the best fans.
- I appreciated these thoughts about Advent.
- Speaking of Advent, here are some things you might not have known about the Christian calendar.
- Here’s your weekly dose of adorable (thanks, James!).
- A new Presbyterian denomination is being formed.
- Thoughts on Isaiah 9 and the names of Jesus.
- In case you’re wondering what to get me for Christmas.
- “God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen” is one of my favorite Christmas carols.
Jesus was God and man in one person, that God and man might be happy together again.George Whitefield