The Fragrance of Hope
By Rev. Yuki Scroggins
"But thanks be to God, who in Christ, always leads us in triumph and through us spreads the fragrance of knowledge everywhere." -2 Corinthians 2:14
In Second Corinthians, Paul gives thanks to God and encourages us to be hopeful in this world of darkness, because we believe in the ultimate victory of Christ over sins and injustice of the world. Those who believe in Him are called to diffuse fragrance of knowledge of this hope- that God’s ultimate justice will be done on earth at Christ’s return.
Fragrance is an indicator of things to come---like wonderful Thanksgiving meals. From what we smell, we can tell what’s cooking in the oven before it comes out.
Fragrance of knowledge that comes from our faith also assures us about our future- that current darkness is only temporal, and human suffering will end at Christ’s return, and until then we will keep ourselves busy to do His will, scattering the fragrance of hope.
May God bless all of us during this holiday season.
This is the first of a four-part Advent blog series. Read Pastor Kathryn's reflection on peace and Pastor David's reflection on joy.
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"But thanks be to God who giveth us the victory through our lord Jesus Christ!" This is a verse of 45th of "Messiah" composed by Handel which I partcipated in as a member of chorus group in the end of last year. I like Corintians espetially 1（コリント人への第一の手紙）, because the chapter 13 was the start of going to a church and baptized.
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