THE THRILL OF HOPE (Romans 15:13, Hebrews 11:1, 1 Corinthians 13:7, 1 Corinthians 13:13, Hebrews 11:6)

Jack Graham, 12/14/2016
Part of the Holidays & Observances series, preached at a Midweek Meeting service


December 14, 2016 (Mid-week night)

"A thrill of hope, the weary world rejoices, For yonder breaks a new and glorious morn."

DOES CHRISTMAS THRILL YOU? Or do we get so involve in:

1. Planning a family (church) Christmas Party.
2. Putting-up and trimming a tree.
3. Wrapping presents, shipping to a family far away.
4. Maxing out a credit card etc.
5. Then ending-up with a big case of holiday BLUES.

The color of Christmas is red, not white, green, or blue. Why?

Romans 15:13, Our hope comes from God through Jesus Christ. Jesus' coming into this world offers hope as the song says, provides a thrill. Just as total darkness cannot hold back the light of a tiny candle, so does the smallest amount of hope brings joy and purpose.

Hebrews 11:1 "things hoped for" and "things not seen." The greatness here is hope through Jesus Christ is near you no matter what you see, what you hear, or what you feel. It's above and beyond our circumstances.

Have you ever said, "1 don't want to get my hopes up?" Hope is not what we would expect! Hope is not a granted wish or a favor preformed! Hope, however, is our dependence on the God (not a god but the GOD) that loves to surprise us, who came in the flesh to see our reaction.

1 Corinthians 13:7 & 13

Hebrews 11:6, "...without faith it is impossible to please Him." If faith is what we give to God, and hope is what He gives to us because of this relationship we can love. Then we have love built on hope and hope which is built on faith.

You might asked, why is there Hope? Because Jesus was born on Christmas Day; O Holy Night; What a thrill, God is at work. AMEN. AMEN. AMEN.

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Romans 15:13

13 May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope. (ESV)

Hebrews 11:1

11:1 Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. (ESV)

1 Corinthians 13:7

Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. (ESV)

1 Corinthians 13:13

13 So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love. (ESV)

Hebrews 11:6

And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him. (ESV)

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