December 23, 2007
It’s Christmas – a time of hope! In today’s episode, “Jesus Came to Present Us With Hope!” Pastor Matt draws our attention to the “coming” or “arrival” of Jesus. The focus of the entire season is the celebration of the birth of Jesus the Christ in his First Coming, and the anticipation of the return of Christ the King in his Second Coming.
Thus, Christmas is a time for celebrating our hope in Christ, the revelation that through Christ all of creation might be reconciled to God. Christmas reflects this emphasis on the Second Coming, including themes of accountability for faithfulness at His coming, judgment on sin, and the hope of eternal life.
Since hope comes from looking for Jesus’ soon return, Christmas is a great time to focus on His second coming.
Let me encourage you to open your Bible to James 5 and allow Pastor Matt to encourage your heart as he teaches the congregation in Palos Verdes to look forward to the soon return of Jesus Christ.
Music for this episode courtesy of the Saddleback Church: http://saddlebackfamily.com – “He Is Emmanuel” from “The Journey” Performed by Emily Gomez