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The Hope of "God With Us." | Devotional

Sermon Devotional | December 4, 2019

North Pointe Family!

In the 8th installment of the Star Wars saga, Kylo Ren, son of Han Solo & Princess Leia, has embraced the Dark Side of the Force and bowed to the power of a Sith Lord named Snoke. Donned in a black robe and helmet like his grandfather Lord Vader, Ren believes he has crushed the rebellion once and for all. But Snoke knows better. Returning from an apparent victory for the Dark Side, Ren is chastised by his master. Snoke: "You are no Vader. You're just a child in a mask." Kylo Ren: "I gave everything I had to you; to the Darkside." Snoke: "Skywalker lives. The seed of the Jedi lives. As long as he does, hope exists." In an even more powerful way, Jesus because He is God with us, means hope exists. How does God with us give us hope? Jesus will restore God’s life-giving order for our world. Jesus will restore God’s life-giving order for our world.  

I love the line from Snoke: “Skywalker lives. The seed of the Jedi lives. As long as he does, hope exists”. The application for us as Christians: Jesus lives. As long as He does, hope exists. With so much of our news seemingly crushing our hope, it is good to be reminded we have hope simply because Jesus is alive.   

Last Sunday, we looked at one of the reasons Jesus bring us hope. Writing 700 years before the birth of Jesus, the prophet Isaiah promised that Jesus would “bring justice forth among the nations.” (Isaiah 42:1) What is even more hopeful is how Jesus will bring forth that justice: 

“He will not cry out or raise His voice,

Nor make His voice heard in the street.  

(He won’t resort to yelling.)

“A bruised reed He will not break

And a dimly burning wick He will not extinguish;

He will faithfully bring forth justice.

(He won’t resort to violence.)   

Isaiah 42:2-3

At Christmas, we celebrate Emmanuel, God with us. The very presence of Jesus gives us reason to hope, even when our circumstances might say we have no reason to hope.

Rejoicing with you in the hope of God with us.