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A Promise of Hope

We’re entering the season of Advent! As Believers, this season brings hope and celebration, as we pause to remember the miraculous arrival of Jesus. Although the holidays get busy, it’s important to pause and remember the eternal impact of our Savior’s coming.


The story began long before Jesus’ birth. When sin entered the world, God had a plan to rescue His people. He wanted to bring them back to a full life with Him in heaven, so Jesus became a man to live the perfect, blameless life that no human ever could. 


Throughout the Old Testament, prophecies declare the future coming of Christ. All the while, God’s people waited with hope for their Savior. Waiting was not always easy, but Jesus, like Christmas, was more than worth the wait


For a child will be born to us, a son will be given to us; And the government will rest on His shoulders; And His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace.

Isaiah 9:6


In hope and faith, Mary believed the angel and became pregnant. She prepared for the baby with her soon-to-be husband Joseph, and they journeyed to Bethlehem to register for the census, for God was fulfilling the prophecy that Jesus would be from the line of David. 


God gradually and perfectly fulfilled each prophecy about the birth of King Jesus, and the glorious birth happened in a simple manger. Similarly, our faith can come from confidence in God’s power and glory while we humbly live for Him. 


Now all this took place to fulfill what was spoken by the Lord through the prophet: “Behold, the virgin shall be with child and shall bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel,” which translated means, “God with us.” 

Matthew 1:22-23


The birth may have been quiet on earth, but the angels began celebrating and singing, telling shepherds about the prophecies that came true. The shepherds reacted quickly, and hurried to find baby Jesus. 


But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid; for behold, I bring you good news of great joy which will be for all the people; for today in the city of David there has been born for you a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. 

Luke 2:10-11


While we wait with excitement for Christmas, we can remember the way the Israelites waited with hope for Christ to come, Mary and Joseph faithfully prepared the way for Jesus, and the shepherds left immediately to find the long-awaited child. 


God planned for Jesus to come and save us from our sins, and He came in a miraculous yet humble way. God followed through with each of His promises, and He does the same for us today. As Christmas approaches, we can rest in the fullness of joy that comes from the promise of hope we have in Christ Jesus. 

His great love is the ultimate grace, and Jesus’ birth is the best Christmas gift we could ever receive. Merry Christmas to all, and glory to God in the highest!