Today marks the beginning of Advent – the lovely season building up to Christmas Day. The theme of this first Sunday of Advent is traditionally hope. Christian hope is very different from what the world describes as “hoping for the best” – for instance in regard to the weather, health, football results, even world peace. By way of contrast, and as defined in the Boys’ Brigade motto, Christian hope is described as an anchor for our souls, both “sure and steadfast” (Hebrews 6v19 AV).
We were thinking again in last Wednesday evening’s homegroup how God calls each Christian to be a ‘lettuce’ – well, to be more precise, a ‘let us’. There are 5 such ‘let us’ exhortations in Hebrews 10v22-25, including “Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for He who promised is faithful” (v23).
Jesus “resolutely set out for Jerusalem” (Luke 9v51) as He headed to the city to be crucified. What unswerving love, courage and trust in His Father He displayed. Hold on unswervingly to your hope, dear friend, as you seek to follow in our unswerving Saviour’s footsteps.
Peace and Grace