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NEAR - A Season of Advent - HOPE

11.29.20 // Josh Lawrence // Recovery pASTOR

Now hope does not disappoint, (Rom. 5:5 NKJV)

What is hope? It’s confident expectation. Disappointments occur if what was fully expected does not happen.

When it comes to what God has said and promised…it happens.

Often, when we think of Christian hope the immediate thought is eternal life in heaven, and Jesus coming back. But note the reason why Paul says hope does not disappoint…

Now hope does not disappoint because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us (Rom. 5:5) 

That’s not something in the distant future or distant past. We have hope now because the love of God is flowing to us each day. He loves you completely and perfectly right now, but you are going to continue experiencing that love more and more.

“Poured out” means a whole lot, but His love never empties or runs out.

That truth gives us a life shaping certainty no matter the circumstances. His love is always flowing to us by the Holy Spirit in the good or bad times. 

What does this have to do with the season of Advent? Romans 5:12-21 is about the “arrival” of the One who made a non-disappointing hope possible. These verses compare and contrast Adam and Jesus Christ (sometimes referred to as the second Adam).

The first Adam was created rather than born. He was tempted by Satan and sinned. This created distance between God and the first Adam. We’ve all made that choice. Death is the consequence.

Therefore, just as sin came into the world through one man, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men because all sinned (Rom. 5:12 ESV).

However, the second Adam (Jesus) was not created but born. He was also tempted by Satan, but did not sin.

For as by the one man’s disobedience the many were made sinners, so by the one man’s obedience the many will be made righteous (Rom. 5:19). 

For Christ to atone for our sins, He had to be born – like us. Jesus was born and lived a perfect life. Only a lamb without blemish could offer a sacrifice for our sins. Jesus did this for us, and it’s through Him we are reconciled to God.

The first man Adam became a living being; the last Adam became a life-giving spirit (I Cor. 15:45).

God turned toward us and drew near to us with the birth of Christ. Now, turn towards Him and draw near to Him!