Hope Has a Name

You see, it’s not just the Christmas story; rather, the entire redemptive story hinges on one thing— the eternal willingness of Jesus. Without his willingness, you and I would be without hope and without God.

You see, the Advent story reminds us that our past, present, and future hope rest not on our willingness, but on the willingness of the One for whom the angels sang, the shepherds worshiped, and the magi searched. Willing Jesus is the only hope for unwilling sinners!

Tripp, Paul David. Come, Let Us Adore Him: A Daily Advent Devotional (Kindle Locations 170-171, 180-182). Crossway. Kindle Edition.

 

Hope is a broad word in English: I hope it doesn’t rain; I hope in Christ. One of those “hopes” is the whimsical kind. It is the sort of thing on which nothing really hinges, it would just “be nice” if it doesn’t rain. On the other hand, hope in Christ is life or death. It is the bedrock on which our life is built or it’s the stuff of eternal despair. The trouble I encounter is when I am reading the Bible, I don’t always make the switch in definition. When I read Peter’s words of breathless wonder, “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead…” (1 Peter 1:3) it is a struggle to let the proper definition sink in with the transformative power intended. A living hope. Not a wish. Not a ‘nice idea.’ Hope. Eternity-shaping, heaven-and-earth-moving, hope. Hope that is so wrapped up in the Person and work of Jesus that Peter goes on to state that our hope will be revealed with Jesus when He comes again (1 Peter 1:13). What a powerful reality! What wonderful news! Our hope is not even in our ability to hope for it- rather it rests entirely, and quite comfortably, on our Savior. Praise God for a living hope! Praise God for a life-giving hope! Praise God for a hope stronger than death! Praise God for a hope that depends completely on Him who cannot fail, for whom nothing is in impossibility! Praise God for Jesus!

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