The message of Advent is that hope is here. A Savior is coming. Christ is born. That is good news.
The bad news is that the world is getting from bad to worse. One would have thought the world is better educated and enlightened from its history of wrongs, mistakes and foolishness. But that’s not to be. The newspapers keep reminding we have not progressed and move forward. Selfish greed, self interest and self protection reign supreme in our social, economic and political world.
This is a darkening and decaying world. Traditional views and beliefs are debunked. Violence is employed to register a cause. It filters into homes where domestic and gender violence is happening.
Perhaps the world may be thinking about going green. But it is a bit too little and too late. It is so hard to hold back the tide of greed over the care for creation. Would we ever or could we ever sacrifice profit margins to reduce carbon emission and plastic waste? Climate change is sounding a warning on this sick world groaning for recovery.
But hope is here. Isaiah 9:2 announces,
“The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who dwelt in the land of the shadow of death, upon them a light has shined.”
Our sin-sick world needs a Savior. And He has come.
“And she will bring forth a Son, and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins” (Matthew 1:21).
No matter how rotten you may feel about yourself. Hope is here.
No matter how discourage you may be about your situation that you feel like giving up. Hope is here.
No matter how dark and dim you may feel about your future. Hope is here.
“For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given; And the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace “ (Isaiah 9:6).
That is the glad tidings of Christmas. Jesus Christ is born. Hope is here!