The Hopes and Fears of All the Years

The Hopes and Fears of All the Years
O Little Town of Bethlehem contains the great lyric: “The hopes and fears of all the years are met in Thee tonight.” There is so much being said in that one little line. Jesus really is the culmination of all of our hopes. If you’ve ever hoped to be loved – He loves you beyond reason. If you’ve ever hoped for peace for our world – the Kingdom He brings is the ultimate culmination of peace. If you’ve ever hoped to be rich – He has made you an heir of the One who owns the cattle on a thousand hills.
He is also the one who brings beauty from ashes. If you’ve ever wished to be able to undo the worst things you’ve ever done – He has done that for you. For the penalty for our sin has been fully paid and He will absorb all of the pain of the hurts we have inflicted. As C.S. Lewis suggests, Jesus is the One who makes everything bad untrue. All the hopes and all of the fears of all of the years are met in Him.
Our Advent sermon series is focusing on Jesus as the One who does all of this for people whom He loves. But, most of the time, His ways are very different than our ways. He extinguishes our fears and fulfills our hopes, taking us to a new and different kind of life. That life is not usually how we pictured it, which just creates a new way to trust Him.
My prayer for you this Advent is that you may see the fullness of hope that Jesus has brought to you, even when that hope also makes your life more complicated.
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