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HOPE   (Isaiah 9:2,6-7)

HOPE (Isaiah 9:2,6-7)

(excerpt from December sermon series)

Isaiah 9.2,6,7

The people walking in darkness
have seen a great light;
on those living in the land of deep darkness
a light has dawned.
For to us a child is born,
to us a son is given,
and the government will be on his shoulders.
And he will be called
Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, prince of peace.
Of the greatness of his government and peace
there will be no end.

The Christmas season

Is a reminder of what life was like

With out the Savior – that is a hopeless humanity.

It’s a reminder of the reality of humanity’s Soul without the savior.

The people walking in darkness
Those living in the land of deep darkness

Humanity has had to carry what no one could possibly carry

Day after day after decades, after centuries, since the fall

People were walking in Darkness

Those living in the land of deep darkness

Imagine with me for a moment—

The burden of living in Darkness—

The difficulty of living in darkness

And then the lack of ever seeing light again?

But that lacks what we are talking about here—

For the Hope of Christmas

For the Hope for the world

For the Hope of a Savior

Paul Gauguin (French post-Impressionist artist.)
Wrote “Civilization is what makes you sick.”  He fled life in France, his family and children to finally find his end in “his house of pleasure” suffering from syphilis where he died.

The great philosopher Otto Weininger wrote,
“Man is alone in the world, in tremendous eternal isolation. He has no object outside himself; lives for nothing else; he is far removed from being the slave of his wishes, of his abilities, of his necessities; he stands far above social ethics; he is alone. Thus he becomes one and all.”   Otto Weininger committed suicide

Do you know what the heroin addict says as they seek there next hit?

I need it to “get better”.  Hope in the drug to get better as it continues to destroy life.

Or the gambler who hopes that one more bet will get him out of debt

Or the person that hopes that this new relationship will finally fulfill their inner anguish for being loved

We enter into this season knowing or do we, that the world, our world

Has been searching and searching and searching for what would cure their souls.

Karl Marx  the German philosopher who attempted to examine religion from an objective, scientific perspective.

Marx’s said “Religion is the opium of the Masses”

And we all know that in truth, religion does not fix the human state.

As Andy Williams would say

It’s the most wonderful time of the year…. and I agree

But….

it really is about the condition of mankind

It really is about the soul of man

It really is about the light in darkness

The redemption of what is lost and wandering

It is about

The only one that can mend broken souls

The only one that heal scared hearts

The only one that can fulfill

This is the Christ

The Savior

John 8.12
Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”

Why did Jesus come?

The Darkness people are walking in?

The darkness ?   Mankind’s separation from the holy God

Mankind’s inherited sin

Mankind’s inability to fix what

Philosophy could not deal with

Psychology could not name

What substance could not cure

What relationships could not bring

That is that our God created souls were completely lost—completely separated from God

And that drove humanity into darkness

It’s called depravity—and Humanity longs for a relationship with it’s creator

But all the ways to find him, to connect with Him, to try to get to Him

To try to earn a relationship to Him all fall short

And people for centuries waited and waited and hoped for the Savior to come

The Savior that would restore man to God

Our Hope?

That our inner pain, our sin, the darkness in us that no one knows

That we can’t fix

That we can’t seem to over come

Our Hope is in this baby Jesus

That He would grow up to be

The one that would hang on a cross

The one that would die and raise on the third day

That through this death

That we would believe

That He is the savior

That He restores our relationship with the Holy God through faith in Him and Him alone!

Romans 5.1,2
Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ,  through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we boast in the hope of the glory of God.

Pray that during this month the Lord would reveal himself in a new and fresh way.  Maybe you know much about the Savior, but have not put your faith in him.