The Hope Christmas Brings
Hope is a powerful force. You only need a little to get yourself going. And to keep yourself going. If you are out of work, a little bit of hope is all you need to keep knocking on doors. If you are facing cancer, a little bit of hope is all you need to keep on fighting that disease. A little bit of hope goes a very long way. And hope is what Isaiah offered to the people of his day.
Isaiah lived in a time not unlike our own: the nation was fighting enemies on multiple fronts, there were economic challenges at home, and the religious life of the nation had become routine and lifeless. Into this uncertain time, God sent Isaiah with a message of hope. He offered hope as he pointed to a coming King (Isaiah 9). He spoke of hope as he provided comfort and forgiveness (Isaiah 40). And Isaiah brought hope as he painted the picture of a new and better world (Isaiah 60). Hope changes everything.
That is what Christmas is all about. In the birth of Jesus that hopeful King has come, that word of comfort made real, and the promise of a better world is secured. And so join us during the weekends leading up to Christmas as we hear from Isaiah about "The Hope Christmas Brings".