Arrival #1 – Hope
> Advent means arrival or beginning
Yakhal – to wait for
Qavah – to wait, to hope
17 I will wait for the Lord, who is hiding his face from the house of Jacob. I will wait for him.
5 I wait for the Lord; I wait and put my hope in his word. 6 I wait for the Lord more than watchmen for the morning— more than watchmen for the morning. 7 Israel, put your hope in the Lord. For there is faithful love with the Lord, and with him is redemption in abundance.
14 [The Lord says,] “Therefore, I am going to persuade her, lead her to the wilderness, and speak tenderly to her heart. 15 There I will give her vineyards back to her and make the Valley of Achor into a gateway of hope. There she will respond as she did in the days of her youth, as in the day she came out of the land of Egypt.”
It’s God’s past faithfulness that motivates hope for the future.
7 Now O Lord, what else can I hope for? You are my hope.
> Jesus, our Living Hope
Elpis – to anticipate with confidence
>> 2 key passages of hope
27 God wanted to make known among the Gentiles the glorious wealth of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.
Jesus is our “hope of glory”
1 Peter 1:3-5
3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. Because of his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead 4 and into an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you.
Jesus is our “living hope”
“Other hopes fade like withering flowers. The hopes of the rich, the boasts of the proud, all these will die out as a candle when it flickers in the socket. The only imperishable hope is that which climbs above the stars, and fixes itself upon the throne of God and the person of Jesus Christ.” (C.H. Spurgeon)