The angel declared words of hope.
For today in the city of David there has been born for you a Savior, who is Christ the Lord” (Luke 2:11, NASB).
Just like that, in the black of night, God used one of His messengers to communicate hope. Though the angel directed his words to the shepherds, they apply to every single human being … to you. Yes, you.
JESUS is our hope.
Hope doesn’t exist in the things of this world or even in human relationships. The Bible refers to Christ Jesus as our hope in 1 Timothy 1:1. And we find hope in Jesus because He is “the Savior of the world” (John 4:42).
Everyone needs a Savior.
For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23).
God’s Word equals truth. It reveals God’s character along with the depravity of our character—each person possesses a sin nature. Utterly helpless in our sin, we can’t acquire a right standing before Holy God on our own. JESUS is the only man who lived a perfect life, yet He willingly offered Himself as a sacrifice for our sins.
Hanging on the cross with His precious blood flowing down, the Son of God breathed His final breath. Joseph of Arimathea retrieved Jesus’ body and buried Him in a tomb.
He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him” (2 Corinthians 5:21).
Jesus arose on the third day, victorious over sin and death! The hope Christ offers—the hope He is—lives. And by believing in the Lord Jesus, we are saved … saved from the penalty of death for our sins. God forgives us and grants us eternal life.
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His great mercy has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead” (1 Peter 1:3).
Jesus was born for you.
This year has been filled with scary realities and uncertainties. People need hope more than ever. Christians look to Christ to meet this need, but if you don’t know Christ as your personal Savior, I pray this devotional message helps you understand Jesus was born for you. He came to die so you might live. Won’t you place your faith in Him?
Nothing and no one can take away the blessings we possess in Christ. In the midst of all we face, may each of us treasure this truth: Jesus was born for you. His birth, death, and resurrection provide hope in every circumstance. Glory to our matchless Savior!
In Christ’s Love,
More posts about hope:
- A Refuge in Distress by Emily Wickham
- Christmas Reminds Us of the Integrity of Scripture by Jonathan Brentner