Let’s be honest. We’re not very satisfied with the way things are. Why is marriage so difficult? Why can’t we shake our sinful habits? Why do we strive day after day and never seem to find rest?
Advent reminds us that that our deepest longings don’t seem to find enough satisfaction in this world. We typically respond to this realization in one of two ways: either we try harder to make our own future or we become cynical and hardened, expecting little from life so that we won’t be disappointed. In either case, we don’t see Jesus as the source of the abundant life.
When Jesus returns, we hope he will set all things to rights, but how are we to live in the meantime? What are we to do with our deepest longings? Should we put them on the shelf, or look for satisfaction in whatever ways we think best?
During this Advent season, we’ll look together at where true Christian hope can be found. Jesus never promises that we’ll experience everything we long for now in a perfect way. But neither does he say that our hope is only for the future. The hope that Jesus offers us is that all the things we long for most deeply—relief from suffering, victory over sin, rest from toil, the experience of being loved, and a life of meaning and purpose—will be perfectly satisfied when he returns.
But until then, he offers us a taste of all these things if we look for them in him. To live without hope is to reject him as the source of satisfaction now, and to put our hope in anything else—including our ability to make our future—is no different. Only by fixing our hope firmly in Christ and coming to him for satisfaction can we begin to taste even now what our hearts most deeply long for. And as we do, we will long for more of Jesus, so much so that our hearts will cry out, “Come, Lord Jesus.”
This sermon series runs from December 1 through December 24.