G.K. Chesterton wrote, "To love means loving the unlovable. To forgive means pardoning the unpardonable. Faith means believing the unbelievable. Hope means hoping when everything seems hopeless." And if there is one thing everyone needs, it is genuine hope.
But what hope truly exists in the world today apart from Jesus Christ? Consider for a moment all the strife, prejudice, bitterness, disease, and ultimately death. Not a pretty picture, unless of course you keep Christmas in the equation.
Without Christmas, there is no eternal hope. And without eternal hope, there is no daily hope. When Christ was born in Bethlehem, hope invaded our planet. And it continues to fill the hearts of all those who receive the King of Kings into their life.
Hope doesn't equate to a life without trials. After all, everyone experiences challenges to one degree or another. But through Jesus, a person is able to see the light at the end of the tunnel. Not only that, but a believer is given light moment by moment. The Lord brings hope and direction into a person's life. It was Jesus who said, "I am the light of the world." (John 8:12)
Perhaps you are in a dark place today. May I suggest something to you? Consider Christmas. Consider the One who was born that day, and what He brought into the world. Jesus isn't just another prophet or motivational speaker. He is the Lord of the universe, and He will gladly be the Lord of your life. If you trust Christ as your Savior and ask Him daily to fill your heart, you will experience genuine hope within your soul. And that's something we all need.
If Christ had not been born, no one could be born again. And without the new birth, we would all be lost in our sin. And no one would be coming to rescue us from our plight. Without Christmas, life on earth would ultimately be pointless. Everyone would be left to fend for themselves. There would be no divine assistance, and no holy love coming into our heart from our Creator. And a heart without God's love is a heart that lacks true peace and power.
No wonder people attempt almost anything in a desperate search for hope.
C.S. Lewis wrote, "And out of that hopeless attempt has come nearly all that we call human history—money, poverty, ambition, war, prostitution, classes, empires, slavery—the long terrible story of man trying to find something other than God which will make him happy."
Hopelessness is a terrible feeling. But it doesn't have to consume you. There is an answer to man's greatest need. The Savior of the world was born that day in Bethlehem, and He has been saving people from their sins ever since.
Will you be the next person on the planet to open the greatest Christmas present ever given? It is a present filled with hope! You will never regret it if you open this life-changing gift. You have God's Word on it.