Hope for Christmas – Friday Devotion
William Carey (17 August 1761 – 9 June 1834) was an English Christian missionary, translator, social reformer, and cultural anthropologist who founded the Serampore College and the Serampore University, the first degree-awarding university in India.
Carey is known as the father of modern missions. The Asiatic Society commended Carey for “opening the stores of Indian literature to the knowledge of Europe and for his extensive acquaintance with the science, the natural history, and botany of this country and his useful contributions, in every branch.”
As a child, he was curious and keenly interested in the natural sciences, particularly botany. He possessed a natural gift for language, teaching himself Latin.
Carey acknowledged his humble origins and referred to himself as a cobbler. John Brown Myers entitled his biography of Carey, “William Carey the Shoemaker Who Became the Father and Founder of Modern Missions.”
Carey later preached a pro-missionary sermon (the Deathless Sermon), using Isaiah 54:2–3 as his text, in which he repeatedly used the epigram which has become his most famous quotation: Expect great things from God; attempt great things for God.
In 1802, the daughter of Krishna Pal, a Sudra, married a Brahmin. This wedding was a public demonstration that the church repudiated the caste system.
He also used his influence with the Governor-General to help stop the practices of
sati and child sacrifice after consulting with the pundits and determining that they had no basis in the Hindu sacred writings (although the latter would not be abolished until 1829).
“The Root of Jesse will spring up, one who will arise to rule over the nations; in him the Gentiles will hope.”
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. Romans 15
The Bible is full of HOPE
The word Hope is found nearly 100 times in both the Old and New Testaments.
Our Heavenly Father has provided Hope for us – here and now and for all Eternity and that HOPE is in His Son JESUS.
Our God holds out HOPE to ALL people.
It was a new HOPE to the Romans and believe it or not it is still a new idea to others in our world today.