(Luke 2:8-14 NIV) "And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.” Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests.”
A Savior has been born to you.
God sent Jesus at a hopeless and dark time.
We all face our own personal darkness.
Darkness: Disoriented. Drifting. Despair.
“He became a zombie. He refused to do any work and he rejected all offers of food and encouragement. He simply lay in his cot, sucking his thumb. In a matter of weeks he was dead.” - Major Harold Kushner
(2 Corinthians 1:8 NIV) “We were under great pressure, far beyond our ability to endure, so that we despaired even of life.”
(Matthew 1:23 NIV) “The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him Emmanuel” (which means “God with us”).
The Thrill Of Hope
(Hebrews 6:19 NIV) “We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure.”
“The thrill of hope, the weary world rejoices, for yonder breaks a new and glorious morn. Fall on your knees, Oh, hear the angel voices. O night divine, O night when Christ was born.”
1. Hope requires trust.
2. Hope is anchored to something unseen.
3. Hope is found in a relationship with Jesus.