Hope is at the beginning of the Advent season because it is the hope of the coming Savior that would save the nation of Israel. It is the hope of prophecies of Isaiah and Malachi that proclaimed the coming of John, the Baptist. It is the coming of John that prepared the way for Jesus.
Hope is upon what Christianity is based. Hope for eternal life through the coming of our Lord and Savior. Hope in the ministry to those who are lost to become Christians. God made a promise to us to bring us a messenger prior to the Christ, and he did. He made the promise to bring Elijah to Israel as a precursor to the Savior, and He did that in the form of John, the Baptist. He promised to bring a messiah into the world to save us from our sins, and He did that with the sending of His Son Jesus into the world. In every case, God gave us hope by announcing what would happen, then gave us the gift of celebration for which we are here today.
Hope is what happens before the fulfillment of God’s promises and His track record of fulfilling promises is perfect. So today, we can continue to hope in our faith in Jesus Christ that we will be saved and bask in His glory when we are finally in His presence in heaven. It is the promise and hope of eternal life to which we look forward. And, it is this hope that drives us forward, presses us onward, and causes us to look upward.
As we enter this Christmas season, we look with Hope to our Savior and King!