Posted by: pastortomvabeach | December 2, 2019

Thought For The Week December 8, 2019

The Christmas Carol O Little Town of Bethlehem, contains a refrain that tells us so much about why Jesus came and what He came to accomplish.  In the first verse we sing these words; Yet in thy dark streets shineth, the everlasting Light, the hopes and fears of all the years, are met in thee tonight.

In that brief statement the composer, Philipps Brooks, tells the gospel message.  It was in Bethlehem over 2000 years ago that God’s only Son was presented to the world in human flesh.  The One who created the world with a simple word, the One who breathed the breath of life into our first parents, the One who was and is and is to come, took on a body and was born a baby just like you and me.

But that baby was so much different from any and all of us.  In that little body dwelt “the everlasting Light”.  Jesus who is the Light of the world came to meet us face to face that first Christmas.

But Brooks goes on and unwraps the purpose for Jesus being here.  “The hopes and fears of all the years,” is a statement that literally describes the world and humanity.  Since the dawning of time man has hoped for a way to defeat the specter of death, for a way to overcome the fears that grip us about the end of life.  These hopes and fears throughout history drove people to adopt all forms of idol worship, intellectual wrestling, and ideas to cope with the hopes but mostly the fears.

The One born that first Christmas gathered all these hopes and fears unto Himself and brought the answer.  He would take the penalty of death, so that mankind would no longer have to struggle through life with the shadow of uncertainty and fear that death brings.  Jesus brought hope that was not wishful thinking but certainty.  John tells us God has given us eternal life and this life is in His Son.  He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life. (I John 5:12).

This not only tells us what Jesus came to do but also what we are here for.  If you know Jesus, if you have been redeemed so that you have the certain hope of eternal life, then you are a bearer of hope.  You have what all the world needs.  All you have to do it let people around you know.

How might you spread the hope of Christmas to a desperately needy world this year during the Christmas season?  Could you invite some folks you know for dessert and be ready when someone asks you for a reason of the hope that is in you?  Could you think about your own testimony of coming to Jesus so that you know what you would say if someone asked?  Could you invite someone to an Advent service or to the Christmas Eve service?  Let’s make this Christmas a time of giving someone hope.  Just a thought.

This Sunday, we will hear from our new pastor candidate and then convene a special business meeting to vote on his candidacy.  Please make sure that you are here.  Every vote matters and your support matters to him and his family.

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