Friday, December 2, 2016
"God Keeps His Promises"
Christmas is headed our way! How do you know? The mall music and decorations, advertisements, catalogs, Christmas trees for sale and gift lists sent to grandparents. Plans are coalescing for celebrations.
The Incarnation, the birth of Jesus, was the fulfillment of an Old Testament promise. In fact, 332 Old Testament prophecies are fulfilled in Jesus. Isaiah said it, “In those days and at that time, I will cause a righteous branch to spring up for David and he shall execute justice and righteousness in the land.”
The God we worship is a God of promise. God keeps his promises. The birth of Jesus was a promise validated. Yes, probably it happened in a stable and in the back of a Bethlehem Inn. An adolescent mother, a pungent smell, a feed-box for animals, and through it all, God gave us a Savior. Why? Because God knew we could not save ourselves. That birth changes the entire course of history. Art, music, literature, education and medicine all were transformed through that miracle birth.
Since the birth of Jesus, millions of people have discovered not just a new way of understanding life but a new way of living life. Jesus said, “I have come that you might have life and that more abundantly.”
Jesus Christ is not a truth that you master but a person before whom you surrender.