Hope

The hope of a coming Savior was a golden thread woven throughout the 4,000 years between the birth of our sin and the birth of our Savior. These glimpses of hope were like vistas or viewpoints throughout the long journey of the Advent of Christ. Likewise, on your journey of life, pause to take in the viewpoints of hope along the way.
 
Viewpoint #1: Adam & Eve. Adam and Eve had just sinned against God. In the midst of dispensing the consequence of sin, God surprises us with hope. See Genesis 3:15. He speaks of a Savior — One who will crush the head of Satan and yet in the process suffer for our sin. Even in this darkest moment of man’s sin, God speaks hope.
 

In the darkest moments of your sin hope shines on a Savior who forgives.

 
See Colossians 1:13-14.
 
Viewpoint #2: Abraham and Sarah. See Genesis 12:2-3. Abraham and Sarah would not see this hope fulfilled for over 25 years. But even through the long waiting, God kept His promise and Abraham and Sarah. The Apostle Paul wrote about the hope we have that God will keep his promises. See Romans 4:18-21. The promise given to Abraham would find its ultimate fulfillment in Jesus (2,o00 years later).
 

In your longest periods of waiting, hope endures in the faithfulness of God.

 
See also Galatians 4:4-5.
 
Viewpoint #3: Kingdoms of Israel & Judah. The love and commitment of the people of God had grown cold. They would continue to compromise their beliefs and yield to the influence of surrounding cultures. God speaks a promise through the Prophet Isaiah even in the midst of chaos and compromise. See Isaiah 7:14; 9:2; 9:6-7.
 

In times of cultural upheaval and compromise, hope focuses on God’s power and authority.

 
Viewpoint #4: When God Seems Silent. The Lord confronts the post-exilic Jews through the prophet Malachi. But embedded in his prophetic warnings, there is a message of hope. See Malachi 3:1. After Malachi’s prophecies, the Lord goes silent (400 years). But God is still at work even in the silence.
 

In times when God seems silent and distant, hope assures us of His presence.

 
This period of silence ends with the most remarkable assurance of His presence — the birth of Christ, God in the flesh. See Luke 1:26-33.
 

The Advent of Christ teaches us that we can live with expectations of divine hope even in the darkest of times.

 
See Romans 15:13; Hebrews 10:23.