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"The Light of Hope" Christmas Sunday- Pastor David Rathel. 12.25.16
December 26, 2016 David Rathel

“The Light Of Hope” Christmas Sunday 2016 May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. Romans 15:13 NIV “We can live forty days without food, eight days without water, four minutes without air, but only a few seconds without hope.” WHAT IS HOPE? Webster’s Dictionary defines hope as… “A Desire That Comes With The Expectation Of Fulfillment.” THE LIGHT OF HOPE IS… A DESIRE THAT COMES FROM GOD. The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of the shadow of death a light has dawned. Isaiah 9:2 NIV For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Isaiah 9:6 NIV THE LIGHT OF HOPE IS... EXPECTING GOD TO FULFILL THE DESIRE HE PLACED IN ME. 25At that time there was a man in Jerusalem named Simeon. He was righteous and devout and was eagerly waiting for the Messiah to come and rescue Israel. The Holy Spirit was upon him 26and had revealed to him that he would not die until he had seen the Lord’s Messiah. 27That day the Spirit led him to the Temple. So when Mary and Joseph came to present the baby Jesus to the Lord as the law required, 28Simeon was there. He took the child in his arms and praised God, saying, 29“Sovereign Lord, now let your servant die in peace, as you have promised. 30I have seen your salvation, 31which you have prepared for all people. 32He is a light to reveal God to the nations, and he is the glory of your people Israel! Luke 2:25-32 NLT Without hope, something inside of all of us dies… Hope motivates us to keep going and to never give up. THE LIGHT OF HOPE IS… A love that can never be fathomed. A life that can never die. A righteousness that can never be tarnished. A peace that can never be understood. A rest that can never be disturbed. A joy that can never be diminished. A hope that can never be disappointed. A light that can never be darkened. It takes an outside source to bring light into darkness. That’s exactly what Jesus did that first Christmas Day! THE LIGHT OF HOPE IS… SHONE IN THE LORD’S SUPPER. 1 Corinthians 11:26-28 NASB 26For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until He comes. 27Therefore whoever eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner, shall be guilty of the body and the blood of the Lord. 28But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of the bread and drink of the cup. Matthew 26:26 While they were eating, Jesus took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to his disciples, saying, “Take and eat; this is my body.” Matthew 26:27-29 Then he took a cup, and when he had given thanks, he gave it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you. 28This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins. 29I tell you, I will not drink from this fruit of the vine from now on until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father’s kingdom.”

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