That at that time you were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world. Ephesians 2:12
Modern dictionaries define hope as a “feeling of expectation and desire for a certain thing to happen”: We hope it won’t rain on Saturday; we hope we will get the promotion at work; we hope to get accepted into the college of our choice. None of those things is certain. Rather, such hope is based on a feeling of desire. We want something to happen but are not sure it will.
The Bible, on the other hand, says hope is “an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast” (Hebrews 6:19), based on what God has done for us in Christ. Turning that thought around, without Christ coming into the world, we would have no hope. His life, death, and resurrection are God’s seal of promise that what we hope for—forgiveness and eternal life—are ours. At Christmas, we celebrate the Source and Object of our hope, Jesus Christ.
Is Christ the Anchor of your soul, “both sure and steadfast”? Don’t let this Christmas pass without putting your faith in Him.
Let thy hope of heaven master thy fear of death. William Gurnall