Hope. HOPE? Really?! Yes. Even “tidings of comfort and joy”!
As followers of Jesus consider Him coming into world and the reality that He will come again in God’s good timing, this first Sunday in Advent focuses on hope.
As the Messiah -the God-Man- was about to appear fulfilling so many prophecies, then as now the world was in upheaval, blighted by poverty, slavery, injustices piled high, Israel under harsh Roman occupation. She had her own false prophets, religious parties in hard competition with one another and often complicit with Rome, and a wretched puppet-ruler who was not the first and wouldn’t be the last of them.
“…the people who sat in darkness have seen a great Light; they sat in the land of death, and the Light broke through upon them.”
Two texts of scripture come to my mind today:
“The true light, which gives light to everyone, was coming into the world.” -John 1.9
“v3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, v4 who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.” -2 Corinthians 1
There are many verses that use the term “hope” accenting God is “the God of hope” but it seems to me to find comfort one must recognize the God of hope who GIVES comfort even in the process. Hope comforts. It also confronts darkness with light.
If we will chose by faith to receive eyes to see and ears to hear the hope He brings, now and for eternity -the fire of His hope also supplies deep comfort. Take note, His light, hope and comfort are for sharing!
As always, thanks for stopping by. -Glenn