Anticipation: Hope

Anticipation: Hope

Christmas 2023  Anticipation

Adventis: preparing for the arrival of an important person

Advent: Preparation for the coming of Jesus  

God’s preparations for coming were epic

The God of all hope gave a promise

Gen. 3:14-15 And I will cause hostility between you and the woman, and between your offspring and her offspring. He will strike your head, and you will strike his heel.”

Hope of conquering evil would come in a person

Gen. 22:18 And through your descendants all the nations of the earth will be blessed.

Hope to all peoples of the world would come in a person 

2 Samuel 7:12-14,16 I will raise up one of your descendants, your own offspring, and I will make his kingdom strong… And I will secure his royal throne forever. I will be his father, and he will be my son… Your house and your kingdom will continue before me for all time, and your throne will be secure forever.’”

Hope of a righteous king would come in a person

Micah 5:2-3 But you, O Bethlehem Ephrathah, are only a small village among all the people of Judah. Yet a ruler of Israel, whose origins are in the distant past, will come from you on my behalf. The people of Israel will be abandoned to their enemies until the woman in labor gives birth.

Isaiah 9:6- For a child is born to us, a son is given to us. The government will rest on his shoulders. And he will be called: Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. His government and its peace will never end.
He will rule with fairness and justice from the throne of his ancestor David for all eternity. The passionate commitment of the Lord of Heaven’s Armies will make this happen!

Hope of peace would come in a person, a baby

Luke 2:25-32 At that time there was a man in Jerusalem named Simeon. He was righteous and devout and was eagerly waiting for the Messiah to come and rescue Israel. The Holy Spirit was upon him and had revealed to him that he would not die until he had seen the Lord’s Messiah. That day the Spirit led him to the Temple. So when Mary and Joseph came to present the baby Jesus to the Lord as the law required, Simeon was there. He took the child in his arms and praised God, saying, “Sovereign Lord, now let your servant die in peace, as you have promised. I have seen your salvation, which you have prepared for all people. He is a light to reveal God to the nations, and he is the glory of your people Israel!”

Hope is realized in a person – Jesus

God Promised

2 Corinthians 1:20 For all of God’s promises have been fulfilled in Christ with a resounding “Yes!” And through Christ, our “Amen” (which means “Yes”) ascends to God for his glory.

Hope is found in Jesus

1 Peter 1:3 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead

Hope is found in Jesus

Heb. 13:5 “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.” So we say with confidence, “The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid.”

Hope is found in Jesus

Romans 15:13 – May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

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