The Message of Christmas by IIT Christian Fellowship, IIT, Chennai, 27.11.2015.
The three prongs of the Christian life are faith, hope, and love. It is easy to emphasize faith and love while ignoring hope. Christian hope is infectious; it is real, it is secure, and it is a valuable signal to a world full of shallow hopes or no hope. Bible calls Jesus Christ as the hope of glory. This is because outside of the cross and resurrection of Jesus Christ, there is no hope in this world. If our hope is anchored in this great and ultimate reality, it is life transforming. I would like to give you three main reasons for hope which is rooted in truth and relevance. (1) A hope based on the Character of God. Isaiah 9:6 says that He will be called Wonderful Counsellor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. This gives the four aspects – Wisdom, Power, love, and Peace; that can give hope to a hopeless person submerged hopeless. (2) A hope based on our inherent worth. The value God places on our life is much more than we could imagine. The insight that every human being is created in the image of God makes us want to treat them with dignity and respect. We are the child of the King of the universe; made in His image, and that makes us significant. (3) Hope based on His indwelling Presence. When we accept Jesus Christ as our Lord, a great exchange takes place. Our sins, guilt, sufferings, and pains are put upon Him, and His righteousness, joy, and peace fill us. Moreover, something great happens. We are automatically and instantaneously placed into the family of God and Jesus through His Holy Spirit comes and takes up residence within you. This is our hope. Christ is us, the hope of glory. This is the grand secret, the mystery of mysteries.