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The Old Testament Ends with Hope

Tuesday - December 1st

"Hope is Here" Advent Devotionals - Day 1This Elijah-like figure would be a bright flashing arrow to point the Jewish people to the one who was the genuine Messiah. This forerunner would see such revival within the Nation of Israel that parents’ hearts would turn from greed, lust, and pride back to a love for their own children. Their children would have their hearts turned back to their parents. The one to whom he will point, the Messiah, would be the savior of God’s people Israel and would ultimately be the savior for all people.

Scripture to Read Today: Malachi 4:1-6

"He will turn the hearts of the parents to their children, and the hearts of the children to their parents; or else I will come and strike the land with total destruction."

Malachi 4:6


Recent articles in various magazines and newspapers have explored what psychologists, therapists, and counselors tell their counselees regarding how best to experience Christmas with the life-crushing stress of a COVID pandemic. They suggest such things as putting up your Christmas tree early, creating online Christmas celebrations with friends and family, baking holiday cookies, and playing holiday music earlier and more often than you have in previous years. Even secular counselors understand that Christmas at its heart is a season of hope. As Christians, we know that celebrating today the birth of God’s Son that happened two millennia ago should focus on the truth that in Jesus, "Hope is Here." Today is day one of Calvary’s 2020 "Hope is Here Advent Devotionals." Join us each day of this journey. Invite others to join you by sharing the link to this devotional on your social media. Let’s grow together as we celebrate during these troubling times in our world that "Hope is Here!" The Old Testament ended with a focus on the hope promised by God in the Messiah. The last verse of the Old Testament points toward the one who would be the Messiah’s forerunner. He would be like Elijah calling the people of Israel back to God. This Elijah-like figure would be a bright flashing arrow to point the Jewish people to the one who was the genuine Messiah. This forerunner would see such revival within the Nation of Israel that parents’ hearts would turn from greed, lust, and pride back to a love for their own children. Their children would have their hearts turned back to their parents. The one to whom he will point, the Messiah, would be the savior of God’s people Israel and would ultimately be the savior for all people. A great way to start this advent season is to begin with a sense of that same anticipation with which the Old Testament ends. Embracing the hope of the promised Messiah and sharing this hope with others provides us a sense of peace and joy that circumstances cannot take away - not even a pandemic. The first testament of the Scriptures ends without realizing the promised hope, but the birth of Jesus began to fulfill the Old Testament promise! Put up your decorations. Put the lights on the tree. Bake some cookies. Make a gingerbread house. Play a lot of Christmas music in your car and home (by the way, Calvary’s new Christmas Album entitled "Hope is Here" is available today on Spotify, Apple Music, and other streaming services). The therapists are right - the celebration of Christmas is full of hope! Thank God for the promised hope Jesus is for you today!

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