"The Greatest Promise"
How faithful is the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ? This faithful:
"I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed. It shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise His heel" (Genesis 3:15).
"The Gospel of God, which He had promised afore by His prophets in the holy Scriptures, concerning His Son Jesus Christ our Lord" (Romans 1:2-3).
"For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given" (Isaiah 9:6).
"Surely He hath borne our griefs and carried our sorrows. Yet we did esteem Him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted" (Isaiah 53:4).
Immediately after the first sin of humanity in Eden, and for centuries thereafter, God made promise that He would provide redemption from our sins. The rescue would involve His Son becoming human, living an earthly life of continual challenge, and ultimately suffering pain, death, and forsakenness at the hand of sinful humanity, but even more, at the hand of a loving, just, and holy God. The Father would smite His Son with untold execution of wrath against our sins, to the degree the Lord Jesus cried out on the cross of Calvary, "My God, My God, why hast Thou forsaken Me?" (Matthew 27:46). This was the promise.
God kept His promise. "In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent His only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him" (I John 4:9). Nothing more exemplifies and confirms the perfect trustworthiness of our Heavenly Father. At the greatest cost to Himself and His Son, God did exactly what He had long promised He would do. We can therefore trust our Lord and His Word without reserve because the greatest promise was perfectly fulfilled. Certainly all other Divine commitments will be found faithful. Indeed, every promise God ever made has either already been fulfilled, is being fulfilled, or will be fulfilled. God keeps His promises. Of this we can be sure because He kept His promise, His greatest promise.
We therefore do well to discover the promises of Scripture that apply to us personally. We do even better to hide them in our hearts and affirm them when and as necessary. At the greatest cost to Himself, Somebody made a promise long ago, which He fulfilled exactly as He had spoken. Thus, in this day we can believe all other assurances of His Word, discovering thereby that we can safely obey Solomon's mandate to "trust in the Lord with all thine heart" (Proverbs 3:5). We shall not be disappointed as we do because God keeps His promises. Of this we can be sure because He kept His promise, His greatest promise.
"He is faithful that promised."
"He that believeth on Him shall not be confounded."
(I Peter 2:6)
Weekly Memory Verse
We are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works.
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