Now for many is the time for renewed hope. We are accustomed to life in a world of failed expectation. We need someone who can do something about it. No matter what the age we examine, war continues; poverty is a part of existence; injustice flourishes; sickness rages; and death is inescapable.
We have grown so accustomed to these realities that we no longer expect an end to war, poverty, injustice, sickness, or death. When a war ends, we know another will arise (does anyone remember WWI?). When one case of poverty ends, several more replace it (around 600 people came Saturday to the Hope Chest). When one form of injustice ends, others appear (the cigar-filled room that often controlled a political process is replaced with technological injustices). When a sickness is conquered, others arise (remember a world without AIDS?). Physical death is the ultimate reality for all physically born (contrast a 1996 church directory with the 2006 church directory). If hope is based on any of these ceasing in physical existence, all that occurs is disappointment.
Hope always comes at a price. The hope we place in the infant Jesus ended in physical death in a Roman execution. Hope did not die. Jesus died. Hope continued in his resurrection. The baby became a man who physically died. That was hopes price.
Do not expect a physical existence of no war, no poverty, no injustice, no sickness, or no death. The hope of his birth was the hope of his cross. The hope of his cross was the hope of his resurrection. The hope of his resurrection was our hope of life in Gods presence. In that place there is no war, no poverty, no injustice, no sickness, and no death.
Gods hope is not the hope of wishing. It is the hope of expectation. Anticipation must be a factor in Christian hope! Because we are good? NO! Because the good God gave us hope in all He did in Jesus death and resurrection!
Often this week I heard Joyce say: Why should I want to live my life over? I am closer to heaven now than I was in my past. Why should I want to go back?
Because of Jesus, you can live with God. You cannot go back. Do what is possible!
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