For hundreds of years the Jewish people had waited and watched for the birth of this special child. They held tightly to God’s promise, and their hope was founded on His faithfulness to keep His promises. But they hoped for a Messiah who would free them from the rule of their enemies. When Hope was born they failed to recognize Him because He lay in a manger, surrounded by hay and the lowing of cattle. This Child, the fulfillment of God’s greatest promise, was the Hope, not just of the Jewish people, but of the whole world.
Mankind today looks in hope for an end to poverty, violence, disease and hatred. But the true enemy of all humanity is evil – evil wrought by Satan, the enemy of God and His creation. The Jewish people expected a military savior, and our world today looks for a political savior, but God sent to us exactly what we needed – a holy and perfect Savior who would save us from our sins, from death and from the wrath of God.
The Lord promised us Hope and Peace and Joy and Love – and He fulfilled every promise in His Son, Jesus Christ. The hope of all mankind came, not as a military conqueror, nor as a great political leader, but as a tiny and helpless baby – Jesus, the Child of Hope and Promise.
As we enter the month of December and ready our homes for Christmas, let’s prepare our hearts as well. I hope you will join me every day up to Christmas for a devotional thought that will help us focus heart and mind on the birth of Christ.