Friday, December 07, 2012

Perfect Gifts: A Promise

The promise of Christmas is an example of God's faithfulness.

Romans 1:1-4  This letter is from Paul, a slave of Christ Jesus, chosen by God to be an apostle and sent out to preach his Good News.  

2 God promised this Good News long ago through His prophets in the holy Scriptures.

 3 The Good News is about His Son. In His earthly life He was born into King David's family line, 4 and He was shown to be the Son of God when He was raised from the dead by the power of the Holy Spirit. He is Jesus Christ our Lord.

We have all made a promise that we knew when we made it that we wouldn't even try to keep it sometimes we have our fingers crossed when we say it as if that is a mute button that gets rid of the promise. Our promises and our decision to keep them tell a little bit about who we are and if you study God's promises then you will learn about him as well.

Paul said that he was sent out with the good news, have you heard it? God did exactly what he promised to do when Jesus was born into our world. He made the promise many times for hundreds of years and now we celebrate the fact that it came true.

The promise of Christmas is usually about the wonderful decorations and the lights and everybody being a little bit nicer to each other. We look forward to seeing our friends and family at the party and the awesome food that we will indulge on.
Hebrews 6:17-18 God also bound himself with an oath, so that those who received the promise could be perfectly sure that he would never change his mind. 18 So God has given both his promise and his oath. These two things are unchangeable because it is impossible for God to lie.
Christmas at its worst is: selfish, rude, empty, and exhausting, it is lacking in peace and joy. It is a picture of all that is bad in man, a reminder of why we needed the child to come and be our Savior

Christmas at its best is a glimpse of something that is still on the way. The beautiful decorations, the angelic music and the tastiest food give us great pleasure but it is nothing compared to what is on the way. Most importantly it is a celebration of the promise, the promise that is only partially fulfilled at this point, the promise that some day we will live forever with our Savior and we will know perfect love, peace and joy that will never end.