This past Sunday, Pastor Matt started a 3-part series on his “What’s the Big Deal?”So, what the big deal about Christmas is? He mentioned that waiting is hard and especially hard for something that you are expecting.
Matt took us to where Christmas started. Gen 12:1-2. “The Lord told Abram, get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred and from thy father’s house, unto a land that I will show thee. And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great: and thou shalt be a blessing.” This is huge since Abram is 75 and Sarai is 65. They have no children and at their age, there is not much hope for any. But Abram said “OK.” Abram believed in God and believed in his promises.
Abram waited another 25 years for a son. Then God asked Abraham to sacrifice Isaac and He said “OK.” Then God stopped his hand and God made another promise. God said to Abraham that “by myself have I sworn”. God promised to bless Abraham and multiply his seed and by his seed all nations on earth would be blessed. Abraham’s seed was multiplied, and they became a great nation.
Later, the nation of Israel was divided and conquered by the Assyrians. The temple was destroyed by the Babylonians and then Israel found themselves under Roman Authority. It seemed hopeless. The people had given up on God’s promises to Abraham, and all seemed lost. They might have even wondered if God had forgotten His promises.
Then God showed up. The Time Came, The Wait Was Over!!!! God is faithful and HE keeps HIS promises. Galatians 4:4, “But when the fulness of time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law.” And in Galatians 3:16 Paul tells us of the promises made of one seed, which is Christ.
The Israelites had no hope, no joy, no freedom; they were conquered, divided, and beaten. We too have had a rough year. Many events of 2020 may have left us feeling hopeless, without joy. We can have peace, joy, hope even when things look bad. Christ is our hope, our peace, and our joy. Christ in us is a fulfillment of God’s promises.
The band had a great set today and it included one of my favorite choruses!
“There is another in the fire Standing next to me
There is another in the waters
Holding back the seas
And should I ever need reminding
What power set me free
There is a grave that holds no body
And now that power lives in me!!!!”