December 18 2017
We end our Christmas Is Real series by concentrating on the hope of Jesus. Christmas is REAL HOPE! I wrote in my blog a few weeks ago about this word hope. Hope is not hope if you already have something. Anything that we have is no longer hope. Hope is always future. Hebrews 11:1 is such an incredible verse to me. It says, “now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen”. When dealing with a life-threatening decease, it is emphasized that the patient, and those surrounding the patient need to have hope. Romans tells us that even when Abraham seemed to have no hope, he had hope. He believed even when there seemed to be nothing to believe in.
I was at the airport years ago and was blown away watching these little kids play with their toys. Adults all over were worried about flights and a thousand other things. But these kids were in awe and wonder of their toys and the world in which that they found themselves. We as adults can lose the hope of wonder easily.
For me, I have to often stop and renew my hope. What about you? During this season of hope, like I said last week….STOP, FOCUS, BREATHE! We can regain the hope we once had if circumstances and situations have robbed us. We can reclaim it.
As we finish this series concentrating on hope, the worship team begins this morning with “Jesus Our Hope”, “On this Christmas Day”, and “Christmas is Real”. I found an incredible arrangement of “It Came Upon a Midnight Clear” actually just called “Midnight Clear (Love Song)”. You can listen to it on YouTube. It is Chris Tomlin’s version.
Don’t forget that the Christmas Eve service is at 6 p.m. It will be a wonderful time for all ages.