"What happens when hope is gone? Despair sets in! Depression takes hold. Productivity in life declines or ceases altogether. . . .
"But I have great news. Despite the studies and the articles, hopelessness is defeated. We have a sign of hope that we all can embrace. WE HAVE HOPE IN LIFE. What is our sign of hope? As we enter into the Christmas season, the world is reminded once again that hope has come, and we read about the sign of hope in the Scriptures. Isaiah 7:14 reads, "Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold the virgin shall conceive and bear a Son, and shall call His name Immanuel." The Son of God is the sign of hope for the entire world.
Jesus' name really means, "The Lord saves." In Isaiah 7:14, the name
Immanuel means, "God with us." Jesus is our sign of hope because he
saves us and is with us in our hopeless situation. In fact, Jesus saves us from
every kind of hopelessness. He saves us from sin. He saves us from death. He
gives us wings to rise above the storm or gives us strength to stand in the
storm. Through Jesus, we have hope in life because he is with us in the midst
of our hopelessness and delivers us from hopeless situations."
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