My Hope is Built
Alex Enabnit – Research Editor
We tend to put our hope in a variety of things: our health, our career, our future… But what if there is something missing if that’s the only hope we have?
Continuing “The Arrival” series for Christmas, this week we talked about hope. But there’s a distinction with this hope – the hope that we find in the Bible is very different from what the world defines as hope.
Reading from Luke 1, Cal walked us through the news that Mary received about being the mother of the Messiah. This would have probably been inspiring and terrifying all at once! But singling out a few verses, there is also an enormous amount of hope in this story. In verse 37, we read that “…no word from God will ever fail.” This isn’t wishful thinking, this is a promise. And a promise from God isn’t just an idea, it’s a guarantee! He always makes good on His promises. And it is on that principle that we can have faith, and as a result, we can place our hope on the promises of God. Hope is established, developed, and sustained only on the foundation of faith.
But this goes even deeper. The news that Mary got in Luke 1 was the result of a promise that God made… 700 years earlier! The prophet Isaiah prophesied about this coming to pass, but it took seven centuries before it actually happened. God wasn’t in a hurry (at least by our standards), and He made good on his word. Similarly, Jesus told us He would come back a second time – the second Advent – and it’s been 2000 years since He made that promise. It feels like a long time (again, by our standards). But we know that God keeps his word, always. We can put our hope in Jesus as our savior, and we can put our hope in his promise that He will return for everyone who loves and follows Him. Are you ready for His return?
Verses and quotes from the sermon:
Isaiah 7:14, 9:6-7, 55:10-11; 2 Peter 3:8-9; Luke 1:26-38; Hebrews 11:1; John 1:9-13; Hebrews 9:28; Titus 2:13-14
“I was never crippled until I lost hope.” Nick Vujicic
“I can cope with the hardships of life and death, because of the hope I have in Jesus Christ.” J.I. Packer
Noel – Hillsong Worship
Only Like You – Central Music
Cornerstone – Hillsong Worship