A Holiday Heralding Hope

There probably isn’t a holiday in the calendar which brings more hope than Christmas. Little ones hoping that they’ll get everything on their list. or that long-awaited trip to Grandma’s. We all have things we’re hoping for-that’s what makes it so special.

Prophets like Hosea, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, they all prophesied of the hope of the Messiah that was to come. I often wonder what it was like during those almost 400 years when God was silent, and His Word was not written. Not until John the Baptizer’s foretelling of “Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world.” John 1: 29 Throughout the Old and New Testaments, God’s people were hoping, longing, for a worldly king, who’d conquer their enemies, and reign supreme. However, that’s not what God had in mind. He was planning to come to earth in the flesh, to experience all of our pain, sorrow, and travail, to show us how much we needed Him. And oh, how we needed Him! This is true now, more than ever. With the daily news spouting the venom of terrorists,and their evil, wars in the Middle East, and those candidates for President, who don’t even bring him into the equation-We need the hope that Christ will one day return for His own,Titus 2: 13, KJV, we true believers, who’ll join Him in battle against Satan’s final attack, his ultimate demise. We hope for that time when we’ll reign with Him for a thousand years, and the world truly will have peace. For now, we must relish in the fact Paul said in the following:

” Now I rejoice in what I am suffering for you, and I fill up in my flesh what is still lacking in regard to Christ’s afflictions, for the sake of his body, which is the church. I have become its servant by the commission God gave me to present to you the word of God in its fullness— the mystery that has been kept hidden for ages and generations, but is now disclosed to the Lord’s people. To them God has chosen to make known among the Gentiles the glorious riches of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.” Col. 1: 24-28, NIV

May we live our lives this Christmas season in this hope, as we share it with others.

We need you Lord, we need You! Come into our hopeless, chaotic world, and use us to bring your hope and peace. Maybe a smile, and stepping back in line, to let another go before- a gift for an orphan/foster child, whatever it is, give us the grace to deal with those who might not be so gracious. Thanks for Your everlasting love, and the hope only You can bring this season. In Your Precious Name we pray. Amen!

  Olivia Ostergaard