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Pastor Ken Cline - December 1, 2019

Hope

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The Christmas season is upon us! 

As we approach this time of celebrating Jesus’ first coming (Advent) as a baby, will we get lost in the hustle and bustle of the holiday season?  Or, will we shine like stars in a dark world?  The more pertinent question that I must ask myself first, is this:  Am I as excited about Jesus’s second Advent as I am about His first?

Now, to be clear, when Jesus first came on the scene about 2,000 years ago, it was quite the game changer.  I mean, literally, the whole course of humanity was changed forever.  Christ came as a baby, lived about 30 years as a normal man, and then spent about 3 years in exhaustive ministry meeting the needs of those around Him and proclaiming the coming of the Kingdom of God.  All of this culminating in a humiliating and excruciatingly painful death.  However, His death meant peace with God, forgiveness for our sins – reconciliation with our Creator!  And, even more importantly, Jesus didn’t stay dead, but His resurrection gained us the victory over death!  Here’s where it gets even better.

This resurrected Saviour of the world now gives each one of us who call upon His name, believe in His finished work (on the cross and through the resurrection) and continue to follow Him (walk in a manner worthy of our calling) the right to be Sons of God.  That’s right – we are adopted into the Kingdom of God!  And, we now get to wait in hopeful anticipation of the return of our Saviour King, Who will one day come and make all things right and put an end to evil death and destruction – FOREVER!!!  And, the ultimate bonus is that we will get to see Jesus face to face and be in His presence for all of eternity.  (Now that beats any Black Friday deal you could ever dream up!)

With this kind of hope, that most certainly does not disappoint, how can we be anything but joyful?  How can I get caught up in the materialism of this world, when I have a better and lasting treasure?  May my choices reflect the priorities of heaven this Christmas season and all my days, as I wait with eager expectation for the second Advent of Jesus, my Lord.  And, may my hope be a beacon of light to all those around me, as I remember God’s faithfulness, enabling me to endure all that comes my way.