"A thrill of hope; the weary world rejoices. For yonder breaks a new and glorious morn."
- "O Holy Night"
Does Christmas still thrill you?
Children get so excited during the Christmas season because of an expectant hope of a certain toy under the tree, or the surprise present from Santa in their stocking.
So if Christ’s coming to this world offers hope, as the song says, and provides a thrill, how do we zero in on that hope and thrill amid the distraction and discouragement and disillusionment of life at times?
Think about this great truth concerning hope. Just as total darkness can’t hold back the light of the smallest flame, so does even the smallest amount of hope provide the greatest thrill for our weariness! Or think of it this way, even the smallest increment of hope can bring the greatest expectation.
Paul writes powerful words for all who feel like hope is a fleeting thing. Get his words, “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit” (Romans 15:13).
So the greatest question that anyone can ask is, “How do I get this hope?” Well, let me attempt to answer that question.
In John’s Gospel, the phrase Jesus used for His amazing journey to earth was to “come down.” He said, “For I have come down from heaven, not to do My own will, but the will of Him who sent Me…I am the bread which came down from heaven…I have come down from heaven…” (John 6:38, 41, 42).
This is the greatest mystery of all time that the Second Person of the Trinity would “beam” Himself to earth on a sacrificial journey from heaven to earth. He was transported through the womb of a virgin as the sinless Redeemer, completely God and a complete man, for the redemption of the world.
That’s the greatest hope and thrill for our weary world!
When God’s grace and mercy finds us, and then we bracket ourselves in both grace and mercy, we become fellow travelers with Him, because His blood purchases both our passage to heaven and our passport to everlasting life.
When Jesus died and rose on the third day, He provided forgiveness for all who would accept Him by faith. “The wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord” (Romans 6:23). God sent His Son into the world“That whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life” (John3:16).
Remember how excited you felt as a child when your family prepared for Christmas or a vacation? Our lives should be filled with not only a hope for heaven, but also a thrill for today as we rejoice that Jesus made His journey to be “God with us” and to be God for us! Did you get that? Jesus is the only “God with us” and the only God for us!
And it’s all because of the journey of Jesus that creates this for sure hope and this for sure thrill in our hearts so we can expectantly journey with Jesus every day! After all the Christmas carol says, “For yonder breaks a new and glorious morn.”