The Hope of the World
Christmas may be about hope, but hope in what? And what do we hope for – peace, prosperity, a relationship with the Lord God Most High? The world is in darkness, and the Light came, but the world rejected Him.
Then Jesus spoke to them again, saying, "I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life." John 8:12
I was very disappointed with a message preached last night. It rightly spoke about the need for hope in this world of darkness, but the preacher failed to deliver the gospel. What a missed opportunity, as it is rare one gets members of the community who know not God into a church building. Many have spoken of the hope of a child, and extended it to hope of all children, but failed to speak of Jesus as God incarnate, the saviour of the world. Christmas is about Jesus the Saviour, not Jesus a child! Few speak of the need for a saviour. And I have not heard anyone speak of the need to deal with sin. Sin is what that separates man from God, and which forces men and women into a position of no hope. For there is no hope for the unsaved soul, for sin is punished by death; for the wages of sin is death. And this is the reason why the child came into this world. Many have spoken of the consequence of sin – the siege in Sydney, the horrendous murders of 8 children in Queensland and the unspeakable slaughter of 145 school children in Pakistan, yet preachers fail to speak about the fact that all these atrocities are caused by sin, and all people are sinners.
If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. 1 John 1:8
The Lord Jesus Christ came into the world as a baby in order to save the world. He died instead of us, redeeming us from our sins, and those who believe in Him are saved.
Then the angel said to them, "Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people. For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Saviour, who is Christ the Lord. Luke 2:10-11
This is a faithful saying and worthy of all acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am chief. 1 Timothy 1:15
Jesus Christ came into this world to save it. He alone offers hope of the final destruction of all who have rejected Jesus Christ. He offers peace, a spring of pure water to quench our thirst, a place to lay our head. He alone offers hope.
[And Jesus read of himself] "The spirit of the lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he has sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed; to proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord." Luke 4:18-19