Hope Is Realized
The first Sunday of Advent points our heart toward the hope that is fulfilled in Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord. Old Testament heroes and prophets wrote often of a Messiah that they looked to that would provide salvation. As we read Isaiah, we are provided with a distinct picture of this Messiah:
"For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the greatness of his government and peace there will be no end. He will reign on David's throne and over his kingdom, establishing and upholding it with justice and righteousness from that time on and forever. The zeal of the LORD Almighty will accomplish this." Isaiah 9:6-7
Our neighbors, co-workers and friends hope for the same type of Savior. They are looking to a person to do what no person can do. Only the Lord Almighty can accomplish this provision of a perfect Messiah.
For both the prophets of old and the people of today, hope is realized in a relationship with Jesus Christ. The beginning of Advent is a reminder for believers that many are waiting in anticipation to hear of this hope. For this perfect child was not only given to you and me. We are not to keep the good news of Jesus to ourselves. We are compelled to share this good news and to celebrate it with those around us.
All that humanity could ever hope for is found in Jesus Christ. - Caroline Poe, Minister of Discipleship/Pastoral Care