Christmas Joy is Certain Hope in Christ

I wait for the LORD, my soul waits, and in his word I put my hope. My soul waits for the Lord more than watchmen wait for the morning, more than watchmen wait for the morning. O Israel, put your hope in the LORD, for with the LORD is unfailing love and with him is full redemption. He himself will redeem Israel from all their sins. – Psalm 130:5-8

Christmas is almost here. What are you anticipating? Are you waiting for the arrival of family, a break from work, Christmas services and singing, festive meals and gatherings, gift openings?

Sometimes our hopes are fulfilled; sometimes we’re left disappointed. Past disappointments can leave people feeling apprehensive about the holidays. They don’t want to get their hopes up.

But, there is a hope that never disappoints. What is this hope? The hope built on God’s word, for he never goes back on his word. Say with faith and confidence: “I wait for the Lord, my soul waits, and in his word I put my hope.” Even though this world passes away, his word stands firm forever. His promises are surer than the sun coming up each morning.

What brings such certainty? Cradle the Christ child in your heart. Know him as your Redeemer. To redeem is to pay the ransom price that sets someone free. God’s Son came to pay the price for you. He became flesh and blood to ransom you. Faith looks at the rosy cheeks of the newborn in the manger and sees the bloody cross.

Jesus, himself, is your Ransom. He died to set you free from sin’s power to condemn you. With him is full redemption. He paid the full price for you, the price of his holy blood, the blood of God, shed on the cross. How precious the ransom paid for you!

Would he now change his mind and go back on his word? Of course not! Rather our risen Redeemer will come again in glory to raise the dead and bring to heaven all who wait for him. So no matter how dark this world’s night, your Redeemer is coming again. Put your hope in the Lord and wait for him.

Prayer:

Come, O precious Ransom come, only Hope for sinful mortals!
Come, O Savior of the world! Open are to you all portals.
Come, your beauty let us view; anxiously we wait for you.

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