Promises Made, Promises Kept! by Terry J. Hallock

Promises Made, Promises Kept!
Terry J. Hallock
2 Corinthians 1:18-22; Hebrews 10:19-25
First Sunday in Advent
November 28, 1999

I recently read an article in Reader's Digest about the growing anger of airline passengers. It seems that the larger the number of airline passengers grows, the more they are experiencing broken promises. The airlines promise reserved seats and then bump those who have them. They promise on-time arrivals and then arrive hours late. They promise to take care of luggage and then lose it. They promise courteous service, comfortable seats, and good food and then deliver surly service, cramped seating, and awful food. Promises made. Promises broken.

In a world of too many broken promises, we have a God who keeps His! In a world where it is easy to believe one can count on no one, we can count on our God! The central fact that proves God's faithfulness in the midst of a faithless world is Jesus Christ. As Paul puts it in 2nd Corinthians 1:20, "For no matter how many promises God has made, they are 'Yes' in Christ..."

Simply consider the promises God made about Jesus birth, life, death, burial and resurrection. He promised Messiah would be the offspring of a woman (Gen. 3:15), the offspring of Abraham (Gen. 18:18), the offspring of Isaac (Gen. 17:19), the offspring of Jacob (Numbers 24:17), and a descendant of the tribe of Judah (Gen. 49:10). How many of those promises did God keep? Every single one! Promises made. Promises kept!

God promised the Christ would be heir to the throne of David (Isaiah 9:7). He promised He would be born in Bethlehem (Micah 5:2). He even promised the exact time of the birth (Daniel 9:25). How man of those promises did He fulfill? Every single one! Promise made. Promises kept!

Our Father promised Jesus would die for our infirmities, carry our sorrows, and be crucified with sinners (Isaiah 53:4-5,12). He promised soldiers would cast lots for his clothes (Psalm 22:18), that not a bone in His body woul ...

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