Matthew 1:22-25

We live in a world filled with prophetic doom and gloom. Whether it's climate change, racial injustice, plastic filling up our oceans, whatever really! The world is going to end some (disastrous) way or another. So we’re told…

We don’t often hear prophetic hope spoken. Or maybe our ears are so accustomed to the ‘doom and gloom’, that we don’t often listen! Yet it’s prophetic hope that is realised as the angel speaks with Joseph.

“All this took place to fulfil what the lord had said through the prophet...” (Matt 1:23).

Hundreds of years earlier, while King Rezin of Aram and Pekah son of Remaliah marched upon Jerusalem, all everyone in Jerusalem could see was doom and gloom. It was at this point that Isaiah the prophet came with a message to Ahaz king of Judah.

“Be careful, keep calm and don’t be afraid. Do not lose heart… Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel.” (Isa 7:4; 14).

This same promise that was given through Isaiah to King Ahaz, now comes to fruition in the birth of the child Jesus. And this same promise that comes to fruition in Jesus, remains with us today, as we recall Jesus final words to his disciples…

“And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” (Mtt 28:20).

Questions To Reflect Upon

  1. Do you find it easy to see hope within the world around us?

  2. How does hope in Jesus reshape the way you experience the world around you?

  3. What might it look like to share this hope with others this advents season?

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