Dec. 17, 2017 – Hard Candy Christmas

December 17, 2017

Isaiah 11:1 A shoot will come up from the stump of Jesse; from his roots a Branch will bear fruit.

Luke 1:31-33 You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call him Jesus. (32) He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, (33) and he will reign over Jacob’s descendants forever; his kingdom will never end.”

Matthew 1:20-21 But after he had considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. (21) She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.”

Luke 2:10-12 But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. (11) Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. (12) This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”

How do we have this different kind of hope?
Put your trust in God.
Psalms 33:16-22 No king is saved by the size of his army; no warrior escapes by his great strength. (17) A horse is a vain hope for deliverance; despite all its great strength it cannot save. (18) But the eyes of the LORD are on those who fear him, on those whose hope is in his unfailing love, (19) to deliver them from death and keep them alive in famine. (20) We wait in hope for the LORD; he is our help and our shield. (21) In him our hearts rejoice, for we trust in his holy name. (22) May your unfailing love be with us, LORD, even as we put our hope in you.

The Christmas story tells us our hope has come, but how do we live in hope now and what is to come?
Hope is often discovered in the hard times.
Hope is often hidden at times.

Hope is often discovered in the hard times.
Isaiah 11:1 A shoot will come up from the stump of Jesse; from his roots a Branch will bear fruit.

The way God chooses to come into this world shows us something about His nature and the manner of His hope given to us.

If we sanitize the way God chose to come into the world, we strip it of its significance.

Biblical history tells us God likes to do things the impossible, hard way…
Stump
Moses
Gideon
David
Jesus’ birth

Hope is often hidden at times.

Where is our hidden hope?
Heaven, our future glory.
Romans 8:24-25 For in this hope we were saved. But hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what they already have? (25) But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently.

Romans 15:12-13 And again, Isaiah says, “The Root of Jesse will spring up, one who will arise to rule over the nations; in him the Gentiles will hope.” (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.