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The Hope of Christ

12/28/2012

“The Hope of Christ” Matt. 1:21

 

Mat 1:21 and she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins.

 

Our nation has seen its share of tragedies and hardships of late; many have lost their livelihoods, some have lost possessions and some their homes. We have seen a coarsening of our society that makes those who long for a better day wonder at how far in the gutter mankind can go. We have created, by many means, a culture of death.  One that celebrates death and evil more than life and righteousness.  And just a few weeks ago all of America experienced a gut wrenching tragedy that left 20 young children and several well-intentioned adults dead at the hands of a mad man.  Just this past Friday there were more senseless killings.

Through all of this, the one thing America needs is a solid drink of hope.  Hope that is not wrapped up in wishful thinking.  Hope that is not based on shifting sand.  Hope that doesn’t have any man’s ideology behind it.  But instead a hope that is encompassing, encouraging and eternal.  America needs a good drink from the fountain of the well-spring of hope that is Jesus Christ.  More laws will not make bad people good, though we need good laws.  What America needs to restore hope is for the Church of Jesus to rise up and live as people who really have the hope of Christ.  To cry out to our family, friends and acquaintances that Jesus has come to save His people from their sins.  It is the gospel that will really change bad people into people who stand for righteousness.

In this season we have just celebrated, the Christmas season, America needs to hear from us who have that hope.  Most of America is fixated on a baby born in a manger and that is good, for that is where it all began in earthly form for us.  Our hope, the only hope of mankind, is in Emanuel, God with us.  The manger scene was just the beginning.  The work of Christ here on this earth only began in Bethlehem. If we, the believers in Christ, let America stop there, in Bethlehem, we have missed a grand opportunity to reveal true hope to our nation.  This is a story not just for Christmas time but for every day and everybody.  We should cry out the gospel story every day of the year not just Christmas time.

Bethlehem had to happen but it wasn’t all that happened.  The incarnation of Christ, the coming of God in the flesh, was necessary so that He would live a sinless life, die a vicarious death, supernaturally escape the grip of death and ascend victoriously to His throne in heaven.  All of this so that those who are sinners/rebels could be forgiven and reunited with the King of glory for all of eternity.  That, my friends, is a real message of hope, a message of unimaginable grace.  That is the message of hope our nation needs to hear.  That is what brings us as believers together on a regular basis.  That unimaginable, eternal message of Christmas.  The message of the gospel, “God with us.”

SOLA SCRIPTURA,
Pastor Alan Davis
Woodland Baptist Church
December 28, 2012

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2 Comments
  1. Yes Pastor Alan, Jesus will someday return and seems like it will be soon, and will rule with a rod of iron as King of Kings and Lord of Lords. I look for that day when the darkness will no longer be able to hide from the light which is Christ. John 1:4-5 (KJV)
    4 In him was life; and the life was the light of men.
    5 And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.
    There will be nowhere for the cockroach’s to hide. All of Satan’s demons will be supressed until the formation of the new world and we step into eternity with Jesus. Amen
    Do we think that the demons that Jesus cast out from humans have dissapeared? I think not. They are alive and quite active in our society today and shall wax worse and worse.
    2 Timothy 3:12-13 (KJV)
    12 Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.
    13 But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived.

    God bless,
    Jerry

  2. Allen Family permalink

    Yes Pastor Davis you are so right. We as a family are thankful to hear God’s words from your teachings at Woodland Baptist and pray for lost souls everyday.

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