A Thrill Of Hope.
A thrill of hope the weary world rejoices
For yonder breaks a new glorious morn
Fall on your knees
O hear the angels’ voices
O night divine
O night when Christ was born
O night divine o night
O night divine
A thrill of hope to a weary and dying world. That’s what that little baby lying in a manger was. The unmatchable gift of hope bestowed on an undeserving world. Thanks to that baby all believers’ pasts are wiped clean, our present is being redeemed, and our future is secure. Jesus himself chose to come to earth, live a sinless life, and die as our atoning sacrifice.
The first Christmas changed everything. Humanity chose sin over and over again, yet God in his great mercy gave us the gift we could never earn. Hope. Hope that changes everything. Paul David Tripp says it this way in his Advent devotional, Come, Let Us Adore Him.
“The past grace of the birth of Jesus guarantees that we will receive the present grace that we daily need and the future grace that is our hope in this life and the one to come. How can you not love the comfort that comes from these words: ‘He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things’? What sense would it make for God to go to the extent of sending his Son to be born for our sake, and then abandon us along the way? Since God was willing to make such a huge investment in his grace, isn’t it logical to believe he will continue to invest in his grace until that grace has finished its work?”
You see, Jesus didn’t just come, live, die, and return to Heaven. Because He came, lived, died and returned to Heaven He now walks with every believer through every second of every day. He never did and never will abandon us. He gives us the grace we need for each day we face, and He gives us grace that secures our eternal future.
Since the birth of Jesus means that I have access to His grace, I have the grace to make this difficult Christmas away from home a memorable celebration of our precious Savior. As much as I wish we were with our family, I’m thankful for how the Lord is teaching me that the eternal joy of Christmas is about the saving work of Jesus Christ. Christmas means hope for a weary world. Hope that saves. Hope that gives grace. Hope that is full of joy.