Hope – Sermon Summary   Leave a comment

Luke 2:1-20.

“Now faith is being sure of what we hopefor…” Hebrews 11:1a, NIV, emphasis mine.

When I was at Boyce Bible school in the mid 90s, I remember a fellow student proclaiming to our class that he would never preach on the subject of hope because it contains an element of doubt.  While I have to disagree with his line of thinking, I can certainly see the logic behind his conclusion.  However, my choice and preference is to see the glass 3/4 full when it comes to this topic.

Shepherds were not the most well-thought-of folks in society during the time of Jesus’ arrival.  Some were good while others were anything but good.  Many were considered scoundrels; dirty and dishonest nobodies that could not be trusted.

So the angels came to give them this news of the Messiah.  Luke uses the same Greek word that was used to translate the Hebrew word meaning God.  John’s description of Jesus’ identity seems to fit well with this when you consider his usage of “word was God” and how later the “word became flesh”.

The irony of the story is that God chose the nobodies to be the first to hear of the Messiah’s birth.

Biblically, shepherding isn’t such a bad thing after all.  Scriptures teach us that the love of God can be most easily described through the loving care of a shepherd.  Sheep are pretty passive, goofy creatures that need guided and guarded.  So are we.

Since Jesus is the Good Shepherd, we can follow His model in caring for our families, neighbors and friends.

In my neighborhood growing up, there were several kids around my age.  We played all kinds of things together like kickball, football and baseball.   I wasn’t bad at the first two but was terrible at baseball.  Often, I was the one you heard about being chosen last. 

Do you know how that feels?  Have you even been told that you’re just not good enough?  Has anybody ever left you out of their group for reasons beyond your control?  Have you ever been called a loser?  Nobody?  Worthless?

I have good news for you; God cares for you!  His love for you is so strong that He sent Jesus for you too.  He did this so that you and I can have a personal relationship with Him so that we never have to feel like losers again.

If that isn’t reason enough for hope, then I truly don’t know what is!

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