Scripture: Psalm 39:7 (NRSV)
This is what sets our hope apart from other hopes out there: Hope believes that God can do surprising things. Anything is possible with the God of the impossible. And so, our waiting is fused with expectation. We imagine a future that’s different from the present because of God’s faithfulness in the past. We look forward by looking backward. Optimism is the hope that circumstances will change. But hope hopes in a person. We trust in a person, Jesus the Christ, who defeated death and lives. Because he lives, we live. And he’s with us—even in our waiting. As Jesus says before his return to the Father, “Lo, I am with you always.” Even though I’m leaving, I’m with you every step of the way. And I’m coming back for you again.
Advent Video from The Bible Project: “Yakhal: Hope” https://youtu.be/4WYNBjJSYvE
Sermon Art: The Bible Project “Advent Word Series” Hope Poster
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