Saturday, December 22, 2007
Christmas time is near. Who said that Christmas is not about gifts? Only when you love, you’ll give. And because of LOVE, a precious gift is given to us many many years ago.
A gift of HOPE.
The Biblical definition of "hope" is "confident expectation." Hope is a firm assurance regarding things that are unclear and unknown (Romans 8:24-25; Hebrews 11:1,7). Hope is a fundamental component of the life of the righteous (Proverbs 23:18). Without hope, life loses its meaning (Lamentations 3:18, Job 7:6) and in death there is no hope (Isaiah 38:18, Job 17:15). The righteous who trust or put their hope in God will be helped (Psalm 28:7) and they will not be confounded, put to shame, or disappointed (Isaiah 49:23). The righteous who have this trustful hope in God have a general confidence in God's protection and help (Jeremiah 29:11), and are free from fear and anxiety (Psalm 46:2-3).
Yup, that’s the theme for this Christmas in my church, a gift of hope.
His love is unfailing, He came, He gave, and He saves.
Gave us the purpose to live for, give us the hope in life.
The famous story, talking about The Birth of Jesus, The Shepherds and the Angels.
-“Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord.”
-"Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests."
But don’t let it merely be a story that you hear once in a year, lets treasure the real purpose of it and share it with those around. It’s a gift for us even before we are born. A gift that is meant to be shared, a gift that is enough for all, a gift that will never disappoint, a gift that will overflow.
Along with faith and love, hope is an enduring virtue of the Christian life (1 Corinthians 13:13) and love springs from hope (Colossians 1:4-5). Hope produces joy and peace in believers through the power of the Spirit (Romans 12:12, 15:13). Paul attributes his apostolic calling to the hope of eternal glory (Titus 1:1-2). Hope in the return of Christ is the basis for believers to purify themselves in this life (Titus 2:11-14, 1 John 3:3).
A child is born, we can now continue to have love, faith and hope. What better gift can there be?
Here’s a nice song that we often sing. Titled A GIFT. Not a new song but its certainly a good one.
Let’s receive this precious priceless gift and treasure it together. The best gift you could ever have.
Merry Jolly CHRISTMAS everyone!!! =D