This week we are looking at the first week of ADVENT, God is our HOPE.
In the first part of this series on HOPE, we look at how God gave HOPE to humanity throughout all of history.
Hebrews 11:1 from the KJV says “Now faith (complete trust, confidence) is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence (indication, proof) of things not seen.”
God stood beside the men and women in the Old Testament through infertility, slavery, injustice, wars, peace, lack, and harvest. He gave HOPE to humanity and was faithful to encourage, teach, show mercy and walk alongside mankind starting in the Garden of Eden.
“Hope is what fueled their faith, ….HOPE fuels our faith.”
Did you know that the first promise of redemption for mankind was in the Garden of Eden? Genesis 3:15 was the first glimmer of The Gospel, to the serpent God promised, “I will put enmity between you and the woman and between your offspring and her offspring; He shall bruise your head and you shall bruise His heel.” Genesis 3:15, ESV
Today, we have a gift that humanity waited thousands and thousands of years to receive. Today, we do not have to wait any longer to receive God’s promise, of salvation. God’s promise was fulfilled in the gift of JESUS, His precious Son.
“For God so loved the world, that He gave His one and only Son, that whosoever believes in Him would not perish, but have everlasting life.” John 3:16, KJV
That baby; born in a manger on that bustling night in Bethlehem, when Mary and Joseph arrived for their taxes, in the birthplace of King David. God never misses a detail!
The wait is over. King Jesus is here!
Christ’s birth, life, death, and resurrection give us eternal hope.
“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to His great mercy, He has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you, who by God’s power are being guarded through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last days.” 1 Peter 1:3-5, ESV