Jesus - Hope for Humanity
5 “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing."
26 In the sixth month of Elizabeth’s pregnancy, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in Galilee, 27 to a virgin pledged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. 28 The angel went to her and said, “Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you.” 29 Mary was greatly troubled at his words and wondered what kind of greeting this might be. 30 But the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary; you have found favor with God. 31 You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call him Jesus. 32 He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, 33 and he will reign over Jacob’s descendants forever; his kingdom will never end.”
2 In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. 2 (This was the first census that took place while Quirinius was governor of Syria.) 3 And everyone went to their own town to register. 4 So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. 5 He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to himand was expecting a child. 6 While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, 7 and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them.
In the gospel of John, he records a powerful verse spoken by Jesus. The impact of this verse gives us purpose for life! All too often we spend our time on this earth fighting, scratching, and clawing our way to success. We look to find purpose in what we are working to achieve. However, when we take a step back to look at the bigger picture, we see that Jesus tells us how empty all of our efforts are when we are separate from God. He takes it a step further and says, “Apart from me, you can do nothing.” This one verse directly describes the magnitude of the birth of Jesus, because it marked the start of something extraordinarily special. This verse is not only meant to be a warning for those who seek purpose and fulfillment in life apart from God, but it is also a promise! Jesus is saying, for those who follow me they will have everything they need! No more striving for achievement of acceptance, only resting in the perfect grace of God. This reminder only magnifies how significant the birth of Jesus really was...
In the first chapter of Luke’s gospel we get to witness an encounter between Mary, the mother of Jesus, and an angel of the Lord. It is difficult to understand the rollercoaster of emotions Mary must have felt when she was told that she would give birth to a savior, especially because she was still a virgin. But one thought in particular stands out in light of viewing Jesus as THE hope for humanity and it’s found in verse 33, which says, “He (Jesus) will reign forever; His kingdom will never end.” What a great promise for us today?! In a broken world that is so evidently searching for answers, humanity was given a savior, who was not only sent for rescuing, but also for reigning! It is such a great reminder that in a temporary world, our hope is anchored in an eternal kingdom.
So, this Christmas, with all the noise and chaos that makes this season so busy, take some time to reflect on the greatness of who Jesus is and all that He has done for you. He came to rescue you from your hurts and hangups but He also came to reign over them. Relationship with Jesus is what provides us with peace, comfort, and joy, which provides hope for tomorrow! His grace and mercy are enough to sustain us through life’s darkest days. No matter what you are walking through this Christmas - good, bad, or even ugly - remember, the birth of Jesus was and still is the birth of HOPE FOR HUMANITY!
By: Pastor Kaleb Graham