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Thought for Today: “Our Hope This Christmas”
After learning that she would be giving birth to the Messiah, Mary visits her cousin, Elizabeth, who was pregnant with John the Baptist, and through Mary’s song, known as “Magnificat,” she reveals how she prepared herself for this wonderous event.
In her third verse of her song she saw hope.
“For He who is mighty has done great things for me, and holy is His name.” (Luke 1:49)
Mary’s hope was in the Lord who was doing a great thing in her and through her.
Mary knew the promise that one would be born of the seed of Abraham and would come and save humanity. That hope was being brought into fruition through her and she prepared for the Child with a sense of hope.
The angel gave to the shepherds that same hope saying, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people.”
We need to prepare for Christmas by remembering that the hope of the world, Jesus Christ, came and is extending that same hope to us as we prepare, not only for Christmas, but for His second coming.
Jesus promised that He would return. Therefore, one day Jesus will come and take His bride, the church, to live with Him forever.
If you think about it, it’s almost like a fairy tale; the Prince of Peace comes riding on a white horse to rescue His bride. But it’s not a fairy tale; rather, it’s a soon to be reality.
** From Sunday Morning Message: “Getting Ready for Christmas” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YW1yvKZGFmY
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