A Thrill of Hope

Okay, now many will recognize these lyrics from a beloved Christmas song, but I’m working on Christmas right now and specifically our annual Christmas Outreach. (I always joke that Christmas is not a season, but a state of mind. It seems that we are always working on Christmas in Worship Ministries).

When I look at our world today — our government, economy, jobs, marriages, our society today — where is our hope? It certainly is not found in any of these. People will fail us. Fame and fortune may provide some temporary happiness, but that too is fleeting. Everywhere I look, I see something wrong. Where is the relief, the help, the hope?

My father’s favorite hymn states it plainly:

My hope is in the Lord
Who gave Himself for me,
And paid the price of all my sin at Calvary.
For me He died,
For me He lives,
And everlasting life and light He freely gives.

Simply put: it is Jesus. Salvation is found in no one else. Hope is found in nothing else. Our hope is Jesus and Him alone.

In a fallen, sinful, hopeless world, Titus reminds us that the “blessed hope” of every believer is “the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, who gave himself for us to redeem us from all wickedness and to purify for himself a people that are his very own, eager to do what is good” (Titus 2:13b-14).

When things seem tough, look to Jesus. When things fall apart around us, Jesus is our Hope. We can trust in Him.

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.
— Romans 15:13

by Doug Friesen, Pastor of Worship Ministries