3 Hopes the Birth of Christ Brings
AHHHHH, Christmas is in the air! Everybody take a big whiff of that Christmas-in-the-air smell! Do you smell that? Sugar plum fairies dancing, honey-smoked ham cooking in the oven, peppermint candy canes hanging on the tree, sugar cookies shaped like Santa Claus and Christmas trees baking in the oven.
It smells so good, right? You can almost taste it.
We say Christ is the reason for the season, but do we truly believe that? Or do we get more caught up in family, traditions, gifts and all the busyness that this season brings? Those things are not necessarily terrible. Those are good things. Who does not like to get a nice gift? Who doesn’t want to spend time with Aunt Peggy who has that certain smell, pinches you on the cheek, and tells you how much you have grown up? Who doesn’t like that delicious Christmas feast your family prepares?
But if Christ is not at the forefront of everything we do during the Christmas season, we are missing out on the hope He brings. And because we’re missing out on the hope, others are missing out on the hope we could be sharing with them.
We cannot bring glory to God in the highest if we do not understand that Christ’s birth brought hope. He is our hope.
1 Peter 1:3-6 (NIV).
Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade. This inheritance is kept in heaven for you, who through faith are shielded by God’s power until the coming of salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time. In all this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials.
There are three things that the hope of Christ’s birth brings:
1. The hope of Christ brings God praise
When we recognize the hope that Jesus Christ brings us, we should praise God with everything that we have. The way we talk, the we walk, the way we treat others… all of it should praise God, especially during this season.
2. The hope of Christ brings salvation
In order for Jesus to die and be raised from the dead, he had to be born. Christ was born to die for us, and then conquer death through His resurrection. His purpose was to bring us salvation, and to teach us about the hope that is found in Him. And now, He has chosen to be his hands and feet to serve out these purposes here on Earth. We have the honor of showing his hope to others.
3. The hope of Christ brings joy
As Christians, we should absolutely love this time of year. We should not allow the hustle and bustle of the time to bring us down. We should have joy because we always know the real reason for the season. So, what is Christmas? The answer is simple. Christmas is a reminder of the hope that Christ’s birth brought to the world. And that hope brings God praise. When we realize that we have nothing without Christ, we should be bring God all of our praise. The hope of Christ brings us salvation. It brings us joy. Christ was born to die so that we could have a hope that surpasses all understanding. We do not deserve it, but He did it because of His love for us. December 25 is not just about presents and family traditions. It is a day for us to celebrate the birth of our Savior… the birth of our hope… the birth of our salvation.
THIS IS CHRISTMAS!