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Thought for the Week: Luke 2:11

by admin on December 25, 2011 in Thought for the Week with No Comments

“For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord” (Luke 2:11, ESV).

Chris and I aren’t parents yet, but I can only imagine the hopes and dreams that we will have for our children.  When I think of Mary, the mother of the Savior of all mankind, I am overwhelmed by the magnitude of the hopes and dreams that she must have had for her son.  God told her that Jesus was the Messiah!  But Mary still had to hope for this as she watched her boy grow up day by day until the time when she saw it fulfilled.  Her hope was not rooted in her son’s will but rather in the Word of the Lord.

Our parents have done the same for us.  They hoped for us, but until they saw it come to fruition, they were waiting in faith for God to do a work in us.  Even more profound is that God Our Father has hopes for each one of us too, and He is faithful to complete the good works that He began in us (Philippians 1:6).

One woman’s hope fulfilled became our freedom and our assurance of hope, in line with God’s hope for us.  Jesus paid the penalty for our sins so that we might be with the Lord forever.  As we ponder Mary and the birth of Jesus, as we reflect on the work of our parents’ child-rearing, and as we store up hope for our own children some day, we are brought before the throne to worship the One True God whose power and purpose is behind our lives.  It is by His grace that we are saved and matured in faith and that our hopes are fulfilled.

Lord, I am free because Christ paid my penalty.  Thank You, Lord!  May I rejoice abundantly in the celebration of Christ’s birth and of my hopes and dreams fulfilled in Him.  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

By Lindsay

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