From Genesis through Malachi, the Old Testament is full of promises. God promises that the seed of the woman will crush the head of the serpent. He promises he will never destroy the earth again after the Flood. He promises to bless the whole world through Abraham’s descendant. He promises to give his people a home of their own where they can live at peace. He promises a King who will rule with justice. He promises to pour out his Spirit. He promises to heal, restore, renew, protect, provide and put right.
The psalmist sang, “All the Lord’s promises prove true” (Psalm 18:30). While the Old Testament makes promises about Christ, the New Testament is the story of how God has kept and will keep all of the promises he has made. Every promise of God relies on Jesus for its fulfillment. Paul said it this way: “For all of God’s promises have been fulfilled in Christ with a resounding “Yes!” And through Christ, our “Amen” ascends to God for his glory (2 Corinthians 1:20). Who Jesus is, what he has done, and what he will still do; is the sum and substance of the fulfillment of the promises of God.
Jesus is the Deliverer, the Mediator, the Ruler, the Reconciler, the Restorer, the Rescuer, the Light, the Beauty, the Joy that God has promised to us.
Jesus brings us into the close and nourishing relationship God has pledged to share with us. Jesus opens the way to enjoy the forgiveness God promised to extend to us. Jesus is the holiness we are given through faith so we can answer God’s invitation into his presence. Jesus is the life that is given to us so we do not have to fear the grave.
And Jesus will still be God’s “Yes” to all of his promises yet to be fulfilled. He will return to us to resurrect our bodies from the grave. He will bring us into the new heaven and new earth he has prepared for us. He will be the source of our joy and satisfaction forever as we worship around his throne.
In a world full of so many broken promises, let us keep our focus on the One who has never and will never break a promise.
Prayer – Jesus, you are the fulfillment of everything God has promised. Thank you for all that you are, all you have done and all that you will do. I accept your invitation to spend eternity with you, with a resounding “YES!”
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