As we contemplate celebrating our Savior's birth, some traditional themes
of the season are hope, joy, love and peace. During this month, we will read
passages about these Biblical topics, begining with hope. The word
"hope" is mentioned 73 times in Young's Literal Translation of the Bible.
I hope you all have a Christ-filled celebration this year, and that the holiday
season will draw you closer to our Lord.
Matthew 12:20-21 (Young's Literal Translation) a bruised
reed he shall not break, and smoking flax he shall not quench, till he may
put forth judgment to victory, and in his name shall nations hope.
Romans 5:3-5 (Young's Literal Translation) And not
only [so], but we also boast in the tribulations, knowing that the tribulation
doth work endurance; and the endurance, experience; and the experience, hope.
And the hope doth not make ashamed, because the love of God hath been poured
forth in our hearts through the Holy Spirit that hath been given to us.
1 Thessalonians 5:7-9 (Young's Literal Translation) for
those sleeping, by night do sleep, and those making themselves drunk, by
night are drunken, and we, being of the day -- let us be sober, putting on
a breastplate of faith and love, and an helmet -- a hope of salvation, because
God did not appoint us to anger, but to the acquiring of salvation through
our Lord Jesus Christ.
1 Thessalonians 1:1 (Young's Literal Translation) Paul,
an apostle of Jesus Christ, according to a command of God our Saviour, and
of the Lord Jesus Christ our hope.
1 Peter 3:15 (Young's Literal Translation) and the Lord
God sanctify in your hearts. And [be] ready always for defence to every one
who is asking of you an account concerning the hope that [is] in you, with
meekness and fear.
1 John 3:2-3 (Young's Literal Translation) beloved, now,
children of God are we, and it was not yet manifested what we shall be, and
we have known that if he may be manifested, like him we shall be, because
we shall see him as he is. And every one who is having this hope on him,
doth purify himself, even as he is pure.
1 Thessalonians 4:13-14 (Young's Literal Translation)
And I do not wish you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning those who have
fallen asleep, that ye may not sorrow, as also the rest who have not hope,
for if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, so also God those asleep
through Jesus he will bring with him