First, there was God, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. They created the world and us for relationship and worship between God and man. When Satan and sin brought a division between man and God, God immediately had a plan to bring restoration. There was the hope of a promise fulfilled. It would be in the form of Jesus Christ, the Messiah. Prophecy after prophecy promised that the Messiah would come to bring peace, restoration, and goodness to earth.
Centuries later, the angel Gabriel visited Mary to announce that she would be the mother to the Son of God.
“Listen carefully: you will conceive in your womb and give birth to a son, and you shall name Him Jesus. He will be great and eminent and will be called the Son of the Most High; and the Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David; and He will reign over the house of Jacob (Israel) forever, and of His kingdom there shall be no end.” Mary said to the angel, “How will this be, since I am a virgin and have no intimacy with any man?” Then the angel replied to her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you [like a cloud]; for that reason the holy (pure, sinless) Child shall be called the Son of God.”
Luke 1:31-35 AMP
What a great miracle! What do you think her hopes were for when she became the mother of the Son of God with the promises of Him reigning over Israel, having the throne of David, and that His kingdom will know no end? What did she hope Jesus would do for her and her people? What would your hopes be had you been Mary receiving such a wonderful word?
Jesus was not born in a palace but a humble stable. He did not enter the world the way people might have expected Him to. He was laid in a manger, made to feed farm animals. He was visited by shepherds, with no royal procession or any elaborate gifts. Not the royal treatment one would expect for the Son of God, but still, that was God’s plan and way. The shepherds believed and testified, others wondered, but Mary believed and treasured it all in her heart.
“And when they had seen this, they made known what had been told them about this Child, and all who heard it were astounded and wondered at what the shepherds told them. But Mary treasured all these things, giving careful thought to them and pondering them in her heart. The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all that they had heard and seen, just as it had been told them.”
Luke 2:17-20 AMP
Three decades after Mary received the word from Gabriel, Jesus starts fulfilling what was prophesied. Jesus was not 18 or 25, but 30 years old.
Many believed that He was the Son of God or the Messiah because of their close relationship with Him (such as the disciples), seeing His miracles, and hearing His teachings. But, numerous others were against him. They hardened their hearts, could not believe, and planned evil. Nothing was logical or easy to understand. Some misinterpreted the prophecies about the Messiah and what He would do. Others were blind to the true meaning of the kingdom of God. The message of the Messiah was a hidden treasure waiting to be discovered by those who believed and had faith.
The Messiah was the king promised and referred to in the prophecies of The Old Testament. He would defeat evil, rescue the Jews, and bring back good to the world. But many rejected Him because He was not the person they had hoped for. The Jews probably hoped for a king. A warrior with a great army to overthrow the Roman Empire, to give them peace and deliver them from oppression.
God’s promise given to Adam and Eve in Genesis, after the fall of man, only came full circle centuries later after Jesus’ crucifixion and resurrection. Who could have known that the crucifixion and resurrection would be the way the King of kings would bring ultimate victory, restoration, forgiveness, healing, freedom, and eternal life?
“And I will put enmity (open hostility) Between you and the woman, And between your seed (offspring) and her Seed; He shall [fatally] bruise your head, And you shall [only] bruise His heel.”
Genesis 3:15 AMP
What are you hoping for? Where does your hope lie? Is it possible that your hope is shortsighted and God has so much more for you? God’s ways are different and higher than our ways. He wants to expand your hope today. His promises are true, and He cannot lie or go back on His Word.
If hope seems lost, just keep believing. Treasure the promises of God in your heart like Mary did when Jesus was still a baby.
Believing does not require understanding but faith in the One that made the promise.
“For I know the plans and thoughts that I have for you,’ says the LORD, ‘plans for peace and well-being and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.”
Jeremiah 29:11 AMP
The birth of Jesus was the beginning of a promise fulfilled. It was exponentially more than any human being could ever hope for.
When you celebrate Christmas 2020, remember the message of hope in Jesus Christ. The Messiah was promised, and at the right time, that promise came to fulfillment. It might not have looked like the Jews hoped for, yet it was so much more. The promise included the whole world, not just the Jews. Christ offered freedom, victory, peace, grace, love, joy, and restoration far beyond what any human being could have hoped for in the natural.
Hope is a person, and His name is Jesus Christ. His birth was the beginning of all God had promised. While man hoped for things seen, God promised exponentially more and gave us the extraordinary blessing of eternal life and every spiritual blessing offered in Christ. Make your hope big because He is big. Put your hope in Jesus Christ and hold on to that hope. Hold on to Him. Trust Him, and choose to look with eyes of hope and faith, believing in your God Who will exceed your hope.
“Such hope [in God’s promises] never disappoints us, because God’s love has been abundantly poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us.”
Romans 5:5 AMP
I pray that especially during this week of Christmas that you will not be hopeless because of the year 2020, but will be hopeful because of the God of hope, through the Holy Spirit living inside of you.
Have a blessed Christmas and stay resolute my friend.
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