Hope, Peace, Joy, Love. These are the typical four focus points of Advent, the coming of Jesus Christ the Messiah, the Incarnation of God into our world, fully God, fully human appearing as a newborn, vulnerable child. His Name? “Emmanuel” which means “God with us”.
So each of the four Sundays in Advent we consider those four issues.
As I discovered so many years ago, hope came the moment I began to come alive spiritually, when faith sparked as the Lord made Himself so very real to me -hope began to flow up in my heart like a spring bursting out of dry ground.
When I consider hope I often recall sick and addicted days when what I believe to be a quite accurate scriptural text from Paul writing to the church at Ephesus produced a full-on snapshot of my life:
“…remember that at that time you were separate from Christ, excluded from citizenship in Israel and foreigners to the covenants of the promise, without hope and without God in the world.” (Ephesians 2.12) I do remember… all too well. What I also remember, experience now and have for most of my lifetime is that hope only came as I began to trust and obey the Risen Christ.
Peter wrote something I meditate on as well (the caps. are my accented points to ponder).
1 Peter chapter 1.
v3 PRAISE be to the God and Father
May you trust and follow Jesus this Christmas and forever!
As always, thanks for stopping by. -Glenn