Reflections of Our Savior

December 2015

 

 

For no matter how many promises God has made, they are "Yes" in Christ.

And so through him the "Amen" is spoken by us to the glory of God.

(2 Corinthians 1:20)

 

Promises, promises--easier said than kept, right? We’ve all had situations when someone had made promises, only to change their mind. And, we’ve made promises of good things to others and have not always kept those promises either, have we? It’s a let-down whenever we expect good things and nothing happens. People are not always reliable. We are not always reliable. Broken promises are another reminder of the way our sinful nature impact lives--our own, and the lives of other’s.

 

But God has assured us that the sin we bear in our human nature and the specific sins we commit daily are forgiven on account of Jesus’ life and death for us. As our substitute Jesus kept all of his promises and earned forgiveness for us. The guilt of our sin has been taken away. He assures us in His Word, “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” So we confess our sins. We confess our sins to God and to those whom we’ve sinned against. True repentance also includes faith. Repentance is not intended to heap the burning coals of guilt on our shoulders, but to lift the load of guilt off of our shoulders. We make our confession trusting that Jesus has earned full and free forgiveness for us. We can confess in confidence that God’s promise of forgiveness is “Yes” in Christ.

 

This confidence is a result of placing our faith in the promise of God. God does not promise us forgiveness only to say, “Oops, just kidding,” “Changed my mind.” God doesn’t change his mind. It is part of His holy, unchangeable will to forgive penitent sinners on account of His Son Jesus.

 

Forgiveness of sins is the greatest of all gifts from God. But, of course, He blesses us in so many additional ways. He gives us so many good things. God looks for ways to bless us. He blesses us with good gifts that we can know and recognize and also in ways we don’t always realize. It’s His unchangeable will to love His dear children, bought with the blood of His one and only Son.

 

By the time you read this, you’ve probably just concluded your Thanksgiving Holiday. If you were in church Wednesday evening, you gave thanks to the Lord for all of His blessings, spiritual and physical. Now we can look forward to celebrating another promise kept by God, the gift of His Son Jesus. Over the next few weeks, we will prepare for His coming by meditating on prophecies and promises of His coming. Please take advantage of the other worship opportunities this Advent season. Let us give thanks that all of God’s prophesies and promises have been, are now, and will be “Yes” in Christ.

 

Pastor Johnson