What a blessing it is to celebrate another Holiday Season with our students. There are many things that we place our hopes in. We place our hopes in people. If this person gets elected, all our troubles will be over. If I can just talk to this person about my issues, they can help me overcome them. If this person does their job I can do mine. Once I get married our relationship will get better. This person always saves the day. We place our hopes in things. If I get a car I will be able to start my life. Once I go on vacation I will be recharged from work. Life will be much easier when I have the new phone. Once I get this promotion I’ll be able to afford better things. What are some things you place your hope in? More often than not when we place our hopes in things and people they tend to let us down or be good for a while then we begin to seek something or someone else; something or someone better. The things we hoped for ultimately don't last and we are left wanting more.
Luckily there is hope that surmounts anything we can hope for in this world. It is a hope that never fails us and will always bring us peace. That hope is the hope that we have in Jesus. With our season of advent beginning, we celebrate the coming of our Savior Jesus Christ. With Him comes new life, new love, and a new hope that will last forever. Jesus is the hope of God with us. God came to earth to live as a human man, to experience everything we experience, to teach us how to live, and how to love God, people, and one another. This man is Jesus. He lived a perfect life without blemish. He later suffered and died on the cross because the religious leaders sought to kill him. However, through this evil act of violence against Him, God’s plan came to fruition. Because Jesus was God, He lived a perfect life and became the perfect sacrifice for the forgiveness of all sins. That whoever believes in him shall not perish but have — assurance and the hope of — eternal life.
So for this advent season, as we wait for the coming of Christ, let us remember the hope that He brings to us all. The hope of a new life free from the bonds of sin, the hope of a new purpose and calling, and the hope of eternal life with God.