Our Hopes and Fears
Christ came to be the fulfillment of our deepest hopes—and to be the wholeness that cancels our fears.
READ Isaiah 9:2-7
This prophecy of the Messiah’s coming is often read during Advent. The description of a great light dawning on people stranded in darkness gives us a true picture of what occurred the night Jesus came into the world.
The classic Christmas carol “O Little Town of Bethlehem” draws from this passage: “Yet in thy dark streets shineth / The everlasting Light; / The hopes and fears of all the years / Are met in thee tonight.” Indeed, as the prophet foretells, our “Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, [and] Prince of Peace” came so that we could live in the fullness of life—His life.
If we believe that Christ completes us in every way, we will experience the true freedom and joy of knowing that He is our hope and our peace.
Think and pray about the following questions, journaling your thoughts if possible.
1. Reflect on the names given to Jesus in this passage. How does each describe what He came to do—and how He works in your life?
2. Isaiah 9:6-7 exult in the rule of Christ and the wholeness it brings. Talk to the Lord about any areas in your life that lack peace or feel broken. Invite Him to reign with full authority in your heart.
Meditate on these truths about what Christ’s coming accomplished for us. For in-depth study, see the supporting scriptures.
- Jesus is our way into a life of abundance and freedom.Â (John 10:7-10)
- The victorious life of Christ is our inheritance. (Colossians 1:9-12; 1 John 5:4)
- Not only did our Savior deliver us from the power of sin and death; the authority of His life-giving presence within us cancels the power of fear and shame. You have only to put your trust in Him. (Psalm 34:4-5)
- The mystery of Christ living in you makes it possible to continuously become who you were created to be. (Colossians 1:26-29)
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