Hope of All the Earth
Updated: Dec 21, 2019
When is the last time you had hope? The excitement, the expectation, the energy of hope in your life. We are in the season of advent, which is a time of hope, a time of looking forward in expectancy for the coming of our savior, Jesus, at Christmas. I have been so encouraged this advent season by a beautiful Christmas hymn that speaks to our hope called “Come thou long expected Jesus”. Listen to the words of this hymn:
Come, Thou long expected Jesus, Born to set Thy people free; From our fears and sins release us, Let us find our rest in Thee. Israel’s strength and consolation; Hope of all the earth Thou art; Dear desire of every nation, Joy of every longing heart.
Jesus is the hope of all the earth. Think about what hope is. Hope believes in something for the future. Hope says there is something I am going towards that I have not yet received but when I do it will be a joy. A way to think of hope is like the destination on a journey. When I look ahead to my hope, my destination, even if the road I am on right now is difficult, I am freshly encouraged for the journey. What is the destination on your journey? Today you may be saying, hurray for you Mark – but that’s not where I’m at. Its been a long time since I had hope. Receive today this word from the Lord, that you can hope again. Not because all of our circumstance have finally worked themselves out. Because of who our Savior is.
Behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. -Luke 2:10-11
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