God’s gift to you this year is the hope that Jesus is on His throne.  His enthronement should give us hope for our own spiritual restoration and for real peace in the world.  But beyond those two hopes, we also have this hope that our Savior is moving all things toward the conclusion of this story.  And on that day, He will return.  God’s gift to you this year is the hope that Jesus is on His throne.  So let us ask our final question then: how can we receive the gift of hope this Christmas season?

We can receive this gift of hope by believing the Christmas message and by rejecting the other things we’re hoping in.

Pay attention to your emotional life this Christmas.  Pay attention to how you respond to problems in our world—are you groaning as though your King is not on His throne?  If you are groaning hopelessly, what or who has failed you? What have you been trusting in to give you hope?

Believe the message of Christmas hope—believe the message that our King is on His throne bringing about spiritual restoration, real peace, and soon the conclusion of this story.  Believe that message and turn away from the things you’ve been hoping in.

This is an excerpt from last Sunday’s service, “God’s Christmas Gift To You,” which can be heard here.

Photo credit Bart Everson.