Hope Has Come: Hope Is Our Dayspring
Introduction: Hope is knowing someone believes in you and will never quit on you. Hope is the anchor to life, the word that keeps us going in all seasons of life. Hope sees the present moving towards a good future, even with all its imperfections. Hope has come and we have received this hope in the person of Christ. This message is taken from Luke 1:18-19. Jesus is our Dayspring, our Sonrise, the one who changes our day and opens up new seasons of life. We will look at the four powerful things dayspring hope does for us.
"At the university there was a piano teacher that was simply and affectionately known as 'Herman.' One night at a university concert, a distinguished piano player suddenly became ill while performing an extremely difficult piece. No sooner had the artist retired from the stage when Herman rose from his seat in the audience, walked on stage, sat down at the piano and with great mastery completed the performance. Later that evening, at a party, one of the students asked Herman how he was able to perform such a demanding piece so beautifully without notice and with no rehearsal. He replied, 'In 1939, when I was a budding young concert pianist, I was arrested and placed in a Nazi concentration camp. Putting it mildly, the future looked bleak. But I knew that in order to keep the flicker of hope alive that I might someday play again, I needed to practice every day. I began by fingering a piece from my repertoire on my bare board bed late one night. The next night I added a second piece and soon I was running through my entire repertoire. I did this every night for five years. It so happens that the piece I played tonight at the concert hall was part of that repertoire. That constant practice is what kept my hope alive. Every day I renewed my hope that I would one day be able to play my music again on a real piano, and in freedom.'"
I. HOPE IS OUR DAYSPRING
A. HOPE HAS COME
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