Tuesday, December 27 – Colossians 1:27
To whom God willed to make known what the wealth of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles is, the mystery that is Christ in you, the hope of glory.
When have you waited for something for a long time? After such a long time of waiting, it can be surreal when you finally receive what you have been waiting for. For so long, you trained your mind to view that thing as far off. We may use the phrase “Pinch me!” to communicate the level of disbelief we experience when the moment we anticipated has finally arrived. When we celebrate Christmas, we celebrate Immanuel, God with us. In the narrative of Christ’s birth, we see many testimonies of people rejoicing because what was long awaited had become a reality in Him. Today, we live not only with the reality of the birth of the Messiah but also the cross, the resurrection, and the living hope made real to us in the Holy Spirit.
No longer do we have a far-off hope. When we wonder about the struggles and groanings of this world, we have our answer in Jesus. He has reconciled us. He continues to show us how He restores hearts and lives, and He has given us hope for eternity. It may have been the Jews who first waited for Him, but now all people can know the hope and wealth of His glory. So often we are tempted to look for our hope in external things, hearing about the next thing that will help us with our families, wealth, health, and happiness but our true hope is not as far off as we sometimes believe. Our hope to endure any trial and to find purpose in our day-to-day lives is in Christ. He is not far-off or sitting nearby but a God alive inside of us through the Holy Spirit. In Him, we have the freedom of hope. Draw near to Him today!
- When was a time hope felt far from you?
- How does knowing you have “Christ in you, the hope of glory” change how you live your life and endure tough times?
- Pray and ask God to help you remember the hope that is alive in you when you are tempted to look for purpose and hope in other things.