Read Romans 15:4-17
Good morning Family!
It was October 20, 1982. It was Game 7 of the World Series. The relatively new Milwaukee Brewers had finally arrived on the scene as they made it to the World Series as the American League Champs. Their rivals were the National League Champs, the St. Louis Cardinals (the Brewers were in the American League @ that time). This was the big game, and this was for the whole enchilada. Harvey’s Wall Bangers, as they were known then, were just one game away. Everyone hoped they would win. But hope led to disappointment in the 6-3 loss to the Cardinals.
However, followers of the True Blue Brew Crew had hope renewed again the last two seasons that maybe–just maybe–we would be in the World Series for another shot at the title. But alas, hope was dashed again. Maybe next year? I’m starting to sound like the old Cubbies’ fans.
The ‘hope’ that’s written here in the Bible is not the kind of hope Brewer’s Fans have, because that kind of hope is out of our control. There’s no certainty there at all because going to a World Series needs to take in so many variables. The hope found in the Bible is also out out of our control. I guess that’s what’s involved in any kind of hope.
But the hope found in the Bible is actually based in something certain. It’s grounded in God’s love and faithfulness. God is faithful and true. All you need to do is look at what He’s done in the past. And to do that, you need to read the Bible. The key to reading the Bible is that it has to be read with the Key–Jesus Christ. Otherwise, it won’t make any sense.
God is a loving God. Yes. God gets angry and we read about His wrath and stuff like that in the Bible. But He remains faithful to His promise to you. How can you know that? Well, you need to look at where God is. He came down to earth to live among sinful humanity. He did this in the manger of Bethlehem, and this what He promised to do. It’s all in the Old Testament. Then the Christ-child suffered and died for you. That’s God’s love for you in action. All you need do is look to the cross. There is where God’s faithfulness and love for you was nailed. Then look once again to the empty Easter tomb. There is where you see and can be sure that there is eternal life with God.
This is only received through faith in Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior. How do you know? And how can you be certain? Well, God gave you this gift in your Baptisms. A person can walk away from his or her faith. And many do. But that’s a grave mistake. Fortunately, God also gives us the gift of repentance, which simply means doing a U-turn back to Him. Will He take people back? Yes! He certainly will, and He certainly does–all the time. That’s what the manger is about. That’s what the cross is about. That’s what Easter is about.
You can be absolutely certain. You can have certain hope because of Jesus. I wish I could say that about my Brewers!
Live in that precious Christmas hope every day.