A Hope to Believe In
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I was presented with this statement: Jesusí birth gives hope to the world today. I looked in the thesaurus for the word hope. The two synonyms that stood out were to wish and to expect. I pondered the statement further and noted that the hope referred to does not mean to wish for good to happen and thinking maybe it will happen, but to expect good to happen and it actually happening. The statement means that Jesus gives the world an expectation of something good, and He delivers.
I wondered about what state I would be in if Jesus was never born. I realized that if He was not born He would not have died and risen to save me. I would be miserable, without hope and I would not have reason to live. Nothing I would do would make me happy since I would dwell on my poor circumstances. I would probably not be here today. This is the same state I was in before I knew Christ.
However, Christ Jesus was born. He gave me a hope and a future. He gave me the expectation of good. I am now able to be happy, or at least content, in whatever state I am in. He blesses me and helps me get through problems. Godís Salvation saved me from misery and death.
This same salvation, given through the birth, death, and resurrection of Christ, is available to everyone. Jesusí birth gives hope to the world today.
In Luke 2:22-38, Simeon and Anna proclaimed the hope found in Jesus. To be like Simeon and Anna I can show and tell everyone I know about this same hope. I do this through witnessing.
To witness, not only do I need to know the right words to say, through Godís enabling, but I must also do what I know to be true. How could I claim to know, believe and have hope in God, but never do what He says? This, to me, is ludicrous and hypocritical.
Illustrating this point, I believe that God will provide for all my needs. I expect him to provide for my needs. He gives me this hope because he says he will provide. He tells me not to worry. Since I believe this, I will not worry. I will refuse to get stressed out and frustrated when things donít look promising. Later, my friends or relatives will ask me why I didnít get stressed and I will tell them that God gave me hope, through Jesus. Without Jesus I would worry myself to death. This is one way I can show-and-tell this hope that I have.
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