HOPE FOR WEARY PEOPLE
The element of hope is a necessity in life.
The great novelist Pearl Buck commented, “To eat bread without hope is still slowly to starve to death.”
Someone else observed, “We can live forty days without food, eight days without water, four minutes without air, but only a few seconds without hope.”
Hope is a necessity to life.
The early Christians faced severe persecution. Some were arrested for their faith. Some were tortured. Some were martyred. Nearly all of them faced some form of oppression against them for their faith. During the reign of Nero persecution intensified sharply. Nero had some Christians sewn up in the skins of wild beasts and thrown to the dogs. He had other Christians dressed in shirts made stiff with wax, fixed to axletrees, and set on fire in his gardens to illuminate them at night. Several succeeding emperors continued persecution against early Christians, ordering followers of Christ to be beaten, or flayed, or to have hot tar poured on their heads, or to be thrown into boiling water, or to have their heads cut.
But into the midst of this persecution, even while he was being held captive on the prison island of Patmos, the apostle John wrote a letter to fellow persecuted believers in Asia Minor, assuring them that the destiny of the world was in the hands of Jesus Christ who would come back and settle all matters on earth righteously. At the close of the book of Revelation, John described Jesus as “the bright Morning Star” (Revelation 22:16).
What is “the bright Morning Star?
The “bright Morning Star” is the announcer that the night is about to end and day is about to begin. On a long dark night, the appearance of the morning star means daybreak is imminent.
The “bright Morning Star” is the bringer of hope to weary people in a troubled world.
That’s who Jesus is. He is the Bringer of hope to weary people in a troubled world.
Jay Akkerman reports, “Frank Capra, who directed It’s a Wonderful Life, was asked years ago about the central message of his classic film. After thinking a few moments, Capra responded, ‘I believe the real message of It’s a Wonderful Life is this: that under the sun, nothing is insignificant to God.’”
That’s the Biblical message of Christmas: God became one of us as a baby in a manger because no one on earth is insignificant to Him.
That’s the message of Jesus’ death and resurrection: Jesus died for us, carrying our sins upon His soul, because no one here is insignificant to Him.
That’s the message of the Holy Spirit: God chooses to send His Spirit to live within us because no one is insignificant to Him.
That’s the message of the book of Revelation: Christ will come back to set all things to right because no one here is insignificant to God.
That’s the message of Revelation 22:16: Jesus is “the bright Morning Star;” He is the Bringer of hope to weary people in a troubled world.