What is the Hope of Christmas? During this time of year we are all filled with hope. We hope for a great Christmas. We hope the decorations are perfect. We hope for the perfect present. We hope the turkey is cooked to perfection, and we hope that our hopes are fulfilled.

In His Gospel, Luke recounts what happened that first Christmas Eve by saying,  And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. 9An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. 10But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. 11Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; He is the Messiah, the Lord. 12This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger” (Luke 2:8-12).

Ultimately, the real hope of Christmas lies in a child born in a Bethlehem named Jesus who was God’s perfect gift to you and all who believe.

John 3:16 says:  For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

Take care and have a Merry Christmas!

John Mark Caton
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