READ: Colossians 1:3-14
Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, and whose hope is the Lord. —Jeremiah 17:7
Adam and Eve didn’t need hope because they didn’t lack anything they needed. And they had every reason to think that life would go on as pleasantly
as it started—with every good thing that God had given them to enjoy.
But they put it all at risk for the one thing the serpent said that God
had withheld: the knowledge of good and evil (Gen. 2:17; 3:5). So when
the serpent came with his offer, Eve was quick to indulge, and Adam
quick to follow (3:6). They got what they wanted: knowledge. But they
lost what they had: innocence. With the loss of innocence came the need
for hope—hope that their guilt and shame could be removed and goodness
Christmas is the season of hope. Children hope for the latest popular toy or
game. Families hope that everyone can make it home for the holidays. But the hope that Christmas commemorates is much bigger than our holiday
desires. Jesus, the “Desire of All Nations” (Hag. 2:7), has come! He has “delivered us from the power of darkness,” bought our redemption, and
forgiven our sins (Col. 1:13-14). He even made it possible for us to be
wise about what is good and innocent about evil (Rom. 16:19). Christ in
us gives us the hope of glory.
Praise God for the hope of Christmas! —Julie Ackerman Link
What are the prospects for this earth?
What hope is there for man?
A world restored through Jesus Christ
In whom we see God’s plan. —D. DeHaan
Hope for the Christian is a certainty— because its basis is Christ.