Promises, Promises, Promises

Have you noticed that in this day and time people are making promises, but for some reason or another never intend to keep them? Those broken promises are then chalked up to being “little white lies.” 

Someone once said, “Promises and pie crusts are made to be broken.” Another stated that “Some people make promises for the pleasure of breaking them.” I assure you that neither of these statements applies to our great God, who is the Promise Maker and is most certainly the Promise Keeper.

From One Holiday to Another

Last Thursday, we celebrated Thanksgiving Day, which really is a celebration of God’s fulfilled promise to take care of His people. We now move into the Christmas season which also is about a promise kept. It’s about the One who came to be Messiah.

In Hebrew, the word for Messiah is “mashiyach,”which refers to one who is anointed — particularly a king or ruler. In Greek, the word is “Christos.”Not surprisingly, it means “The Anointed One.”

Some Messianic Promises

Luke records this: “He said to them, ‘How foolish you are, and how slow to believe that all the prophets have spoken! Did not the Messiah have to suffer these things and then enter his glory? And beginning with Moses and all the prophets, he explained to them what was said in all the Scriptures concerning himself” (Luke 24:25, 27 NIV). We could look at that and interpret it to say, “Promises, promises, promises from the spokesmen of God — and you, for some reason, don’t believe them!”

Recorded in Genesis, the Lord God, speaking to the Eden serpent said, “I will put enmity between you and the woman and between your offspring and hers; He (the Anointed One) will crush your head and you (the former anointed cherub who was banished from Heaven) will strike his heel” (Gen. 3:15). God made a promise in the Garden. Did He keep that promise? I assure you that He did.

That was only one of the hundreds of promises God made concerning the Messiah. One we are most familiar with during the Christmas season is often looked at as only a prophecy — but it was certainly a promise. “Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: the virgin will conceive and will give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel” (Isa. 7:14). A promise made — a promise kept!

Two More Promises from God

Two messengers from God told Peter, James and John something that is truly amazing. These men had just watched Jesus ascend into Heaven, and it was a sad time for them. But then they heard, “Men of Galilee,” they said, “why do you stand here looking into the sky? This same Jesus (this Teacher, Savior, this Messiah) who has been taken into heaven, will come back in the same way you have seen him go into heaven” (Acts 1:11). The key phrase of that verse is “will come back!” One day that promise will be kept — fulfilled, if you please. I know it will. Why? Because God cannot lie!

Another great promise, one of great comfort for believers is found in the book of John. This is a promise from the Messiah, the Savior, the Anointed One Himself: “My Father’s house has many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you (that is a promise.) And I will come back (that is a promise) and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am (John 14:2-3).

Just Thinking About a Song

Promises, promises, promises. Back in Sunday School as a child in Central Baptist Church in Ashdown, I learned a song that has stuck with me for decades. Partial lyrics say this: “Every promise in the Book is mine; every chapter, every verse, every line. All are blessings of His love divine. Every promise in the Book is mine. Every chapter, every verse, every line.” 

Promises are not to be broken; they are to be kept. Aren’t you glad God is not just a Promise Maker — that He is a Promise Keeper? May we be bold and claim every promise He has made!

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