Fresh Hope – 26th December 2018

Biblical hope is the certainty that God will deliver. It is not wishful thinking. It is the living, daring confidence that God would do what He said He would do. As we approach the end of the year and the beginning of a new one, we reflect on our lives, and consider our futures. Sadly for many, they believe there is little hope for their future. They are hopeless.

As Christ followers, we have a mandate to be hope-bringers. I heard a quote the other day, ‘He who gives the most hope has the greatest influence’. How true! People are hungry for hope. They want a guarantee that good things are coming. They desire promise fulfilled. Thankfully, this is the business that Jesus specializes in. When you become that person that delivers hope, people are drawn to you and open to your influence because you have what they are looking for!

Jesus has many powerful names, one of which is ‘Immanuel’ – meaning ‘God with us’ (Matthew 1:23). What a beautiful name…but Immanuel is not just a name – it is a role of Jesus. He was born to bring his presence to man.

Unlike many other religions and patterns of thought out there, the God of the Christian faith, is the only God that became flesh, and came down to be WITH US in order to save us. All other religions expect you to climb your way up to God.

All these years later, and Jesus is still living up to his name of Immanuel He is truly WITH US… and this is our hope. That despite life’s current circumstance and despite what we think we are walking into in the New Year, God is with us. He is not standing at a distance. He is not looking down on us. He isn’t off doing something more important. He is walking WITH us into 2019. Christmas is a time to deeply meditate on this profound reality, hope and promise – that whatever is ahead – God is WITH US! And he promises to never leave!

‘Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you or forsake you’ (Deuteronomy 31:6).

Emma Burchell

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