Be strong and take heart, all you who hope in the Lord. —Psalm 31:24

I’m not much of a Star Wars fan, and no I haven’t seen the new release yet, but I have have seen most of the movies, thanks to my grandchildren. Do you remember these epic words spoken by Princess Leia via a hologram message in Star Wars?

“Help me, Obi-Wan Kenobi. You’re my only hope.”

In the midst of a hopeless situation, the princess of the Rebellion sends a desperate message. As she is about to be captured by the ruler of darkness, Darth Vader, she places a plea inside R2-D2, not knowing whether it will ever be seen or heard.

Do you ever feel like you’ve sent out your last desperate plea and now you wait and wonder if help will ever come? The good news of Christmas is that help has arrived. Jesus is our only hope. There is nothing or no one else in this world that can win against the powers of evil and darkness—but Jesus has come and is coming again.

To a world bound by sin and suffering, God sent His Son as a Savior. By God’s perfect design, He showed up in Bethlehem as the fulfillment of the hope for a Messiah, and He will come again to complete the work He began, redeeming the world to Himself, setting everything right, and turning hope into reality once and for all.

Let your steadfast love, O LORD,
be upon us, even as we HOPE in you.
Psalm 33:22

For now, in this Christmas season, we can take heart and draw strength from the knowledge that our only hope has heard our plea and has come to rescue and redeem us.

Have you reached the point in life where you realize God is your only hope? As you embrace this new year, think about what it looks like to cry out to Him and then to be strong and take heart.

Happy New Year!

About scon777

Pastor/Teacher at Grace Bible Church in Redwood City, CA since 1998.
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