Jesus Came to Bring Hope

Written by S Benner

Learn more about the hope Jesus brings with our study, “Finding Hope When it Hurts”.

 

“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” (Romans 15:13)

Each year as Christmas arrives we are given the opportunity to remember why Jesus came to earth. All people were lost and separated from God by sin, but the prophets of old predicted a day when the Messiah would come. Unable to fix our own mess, we needed someone, a Savior, who would be able to restore our relationship with God.

The New Testament writers quoted Isaiah, one of those prophets, indicating that Jesus was the one who would fulfill their hope:

  • “The root of Jesse will spring up, one who will arise to rule over the nations; the Gentiles will hope in Him.” (Romans 15:12)
  • “In His name the nations will put their hope.” (Matthew 12:21)

Because of Jesus, we have hope.  We have hope for the future, that we will be redeemed; hope for the present, that we are not alone.  He gives us hope even for the past, hope that our failures are not greater than God’s love.

Where do you need hope today?

Do you feel like your daily circumstances will never change, never improve?
Do you ache for a loved one who has walked away from God?
Does a broken relationship seem irreparable?

God is the one who can change all that.  Jesus came to bring you hope, not just for the future, but for today. Rather than trusting in ourselves, let us put our hope in Him.

God, I pray Paul’s prayer for everyone reading this today. “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” (Romans 15:13) Amen.

Questions: Why is hope essential for us? Many lose hope over the Christmas season. Who can you share the hope of Jesus with this year?

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5 Responses to “Jesus Came to Bring Hope”

  • Sharon Sharon says:

    good article, i am saddened by people who have no hope we have in JESUS, HE is our hope for all of life.we have hope becasue of JESUS

  • June Krause June says:

    We are wondering if you would give us permission to use your devotional
    on our website?

  • Claire Colvin Claire Colvin says:

    Deb, It sounds like you could really use some prayer. Would you like to talk to a mentor? Mentoring is a free and private service and gives you a chance to talk about what’s going on in your life and then receive prayer. You can request a mentor by filling out this form.

    Gail Rodgers wrote a wonderful piece about hope for the first week of Advent. You can read it here. There’s also an excellent study you can take on Finding Hope when it Hurts. There’s a series of questions and when you fill them out your answers get sent to a study coach who will respond. You don’t have to do this alone.

  • S Benner Suzanne Benner says:

    Dear Deb,

    The Old Testament prophet Jeremiah experienced so much trouble even though he spoke God’s Word to the people. His words in Lamentations comfort me when I feel overwhelmed.

    “I remember my affliction and my wandering, the bitterness and the gall. I well remember them, and my soul is downcast within me. Yet this I call to mind and therefore I have hope: Because of the LORD’s great love we are not consumed, for His compassions never fail they are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness. I say to myself, ‘The LORD is my portion; therefore I will wait for Him.’” (Lamentations 3:19-24)

    Please allow me to pray for you.

    Heavenly Father, You alone can give us hope. I pray for Deb. Please calm her fears and help her to trust You. Only You know the future and only You can give her the strength to face whatever the future holds. Remind Deb of your promise to Joshua, “I will never leave you, nor forsake you.” (Joshua 1:5). We know that You give that promise to us too because, “Jesus is the same yesterday and today and forever.” (Hebrews 13:8) I ask that as Deb presents her requests to You, that the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, would guard Deb’s heart and mind in Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:7). Amen.

  • wheels Deb says:

    I am not feeling a lot of hope right now. Finding life just too big to handle. I don’t know what to do. I’m so scared. My husband isn’t well. He is going for a biopsy on his kidney Dec 21st. I feel so alone and it’s like my brain isn’t working right. Full of fear. Please encourage me some how. :(

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