pastor of First Baptist Church of Euless, TX, observed in a recent column, “In
1997 an article appeared in the journal published by the American Heart Association.
It pointed to the negative physical consequences of hopelessness. The article
essentially said that those who had experienced extreme feelings of despair
had a 20-percent greater increase in arteriosclerosis (hardening of the arteries)
over a four-year period. Other studies also have connected hopelessness with
heart disease, heart attacks and death.
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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