Hope. Or, as I found out upon looking at definitions, expectation. This struck me in a new way this year as I contemplated the many unrealistic or unmet expectations with which I have wrestled. I have often found myself disappointed when reality did not match my expectations. In Christ, hope means that we are never disappointed. When we look at Scriptures about Jesus, we can know with full confidence that He will always be exactly what they say He will be.
The Advent season is full of this idea of expectation – of waiting and watching for the King who has come and is coming. The first theme of Advent – Hope – reminds us that Jesus is all He said He would be. It’s like when the shepherds go to see the Christ child in Bethlehem, and they find everything “just as had been told them” (Luke 2:20). All of the prophecies, all of the longing, and all of the hoping culminate in the person of Jesus. It’s why the Christmas carol “O Little Town of Bethlehem” says, “The hopes and fears of all the years are met in thee tonight.” We don’t have to set modest or tempered expectations of Jesus – we can fully embrace the outrageous graciousness that Scripture teaches us to expect in Him. We can hope in it. Not wistfully but with certainty because Christ has already fulfilled the expectations of our hearts.
So we start the Advent season with Hope – hope that our God does not disappoint and will always be with us and for us. As we journey through the next few weeks of Advent, the Inspiro staff is using a reading plan to prepare our hearts for Christmas. We invite you to join us in reading and using the provided templates to respond artistically to what the Lord is teaching you. To access the reading plans and art templates, see the "Download Attachments" section just beneath the social media buttons.