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Goodwill Towards Men | Goodwill When I am Seeking for Hope

These men had been searching for hope for years. They studied all the ancient writings, they studied the stars; they were looking for someone who could bring hope to their weary world.

God showed his goodwill toward them by using a star to direct them to Bethlehem where a child had been born. When they found him, they fell to their knees in worship because hope ignited in their hearts.

Message Notes

The Wise Men were seeking for hope in a weary world.

Matthew 2:1-12

They had studied the scriptures and knew hope was always the best option.

The thought of my suffering and homelessnessis bitter beyond words. I will never forget this awful time,as I grieve over my loss. Yet I still dare to hopewhen I remember this.
Lamentations 3:19-21

They believed in a faithful, loving, merciful God.

The faithful love of the Lord never ends!His mercies never cease.
Lamentations 3:22

They knew God’s new day would bring exactly what they needed.

Great is his faithfulness;his mercies begin afresh each morning.I say to myself, “The Lord is my inheritance;therefore, I will hope in him!”
Lamentations 3:23-24

They knew that waiting, depending, and searching would lead to what and Who they were seeking.

The Lord is good to those who depend on him,to those who search for him.So it is good to wait quietlyfor salvation from the Lord.
Lamentations 3:25-26

Their hope led to worship.

When they saw the star, they were filled with joy! They entered the house and saw the child with his mother, Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasure chests and gave him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh.
Matthew 2:10-11

In our weary world, we can have a thrill of hope and rejoice! Hold on to hope for a new day with Jesus!

Let us hold tightly without wavering to the hope we affirm, for God can be trusted to keep his promise.
Hebrews 10:23

The hour has already come for you to wake up from your slumber, because our salvation is nearer now than when we first believed. The night is nearly over; the day is almost here. Romans 13:11-12

Bottom Line

In a weary world, Christ is the hope.

Action Steps

  1. Really worship this weekend. Give Christ all your worries, and remember He is our Hope.

  2. Share the hope of Jesus with at least one person before Christmas Day.