To: You, From: God -- Hope

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The Gift of Hope

What is hope?
Hope is knowing that there is something in our future that makes everything we face today something more than what it appears.
A trial is an opportunity to grow
A loss is an opportunity to look forward
A betrayal is a chance to forgive
A failure is a reminder that I need God
The Christian Hope is that God loves us and has provided a way for us to be saved. It is one of the gifts that comes wrapped in Christmas. Our hope is bound in the life of the baby Jesus.
Matthew 1:1–17 (ESV)
Matthew 1:1–17 ESV
The book of the genealogy of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham. Abraham was the father of Isaac, and Isaac the father of Jacob, and Jacob the father of Judah and his brothers, and Judah the father of Perez and Zerah by Tamar, and Perez the father of Hezron, and Hezron the father of Ram, and Ram the father of Amminadab, and Amminadab the father of Nahshon, and Nahshon the father of Salmon, and Salmon the father of Boaz by Rahab, and Boaz the father of Obed by Ruth, and Obed the father of Jesse, and Jesse the father of David the king. And David was the father of Solomon by the wife of Uriah, and Solomon the father of Rehoboam, and Rehoboam the father of Abijah, and Abijah the father of Asaph, and Asaph the father of Jehoshaphat, and Jehoshaphat the father of Joram, and Joram the father of Uzziah, and Uzziah the father of Jotham, and Jotham the father of Ahaz, and Ahaz the father of Hezekiah, and Hezekiah the father of Manasseh, and Manasseh the father of Amos, and Amos the father of Josiah, and Josiah the father of Jechoniah and his brothers, at the time of the deportation to Babylon. And after the deportation to Babylon: Jechoniah was the father of Shealtiel, and Shealtiel the father of Zerubbabel, and Zerubbabel the father of Abiud, and Abiud the father of Eliakim, and Eliakim the father of Azor, and Azor the father of Zadok, and Zadok the father of Achim, and Achim the father of Eliud, and Eliud the father of Eleazar, and Eleazar the father of Matthan, and Matthan the father of Jacob, and Jacob the father of Joseph the husband of Mary, of whom Jesus was born, who is called Christ. So all the generations from Abraham to David were fourteen generations, and from David to the deportation to Babylon fourteen generations, and from the deportation to Babylon to the Christ fourteen generations.
2. Hope for all of us
In the deceleration of Jesus right to the throne of David, Matthew reminds us that God is the one at work.
Which one of these doesn’t belong
Tamar — Prostitute — Genesis 38
Rahab — Prostitute — Joshua 2
Ruth — Moabite — Ruth 1-4
Bathsheba — Adulteress — 2 Samuel 11
Mary — Found favor with God — Luke 1
3. Who needs hope
The hopeless.
Ephesians 2:1–3 (ESV)
Ephesians 2:1–3 ESV
And you were dead in the trespasses and sins in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience— among whom we all once lived in the passions of our flesh, carrying out the desires of the body and the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, like the rest of mankind.
We are dead. How much more hopeless can it get?
Ephesians 2:8–10 (ESV)
Ephesians 2:8–10 ESV
For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.
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