The days are surely coming, says the LORD, when I will fulfill the promise I made to the house of Israel and the house of Judah. In those days and at that time I will cause a righteous Branch to spring up for David; and he shall execute justice and righteousness in the land. – Jeremiah 33:14-15
We live in a world of broken promises. In this season of presidential politics, we hear many promises that are made to the American people, but very few are kept. These promises range anywhere from taxes to jobs to the environment to our activity around the world. Unfortunately, it seems as though it’s a greater surprise and shock when someone representing the political class actually upholds his or her promise instead of breaking it. We’ve become almost numb to this phenomenon and find our society increasingly distrustful of empty promises.
When we examine the true meaning of the Christmas season and the hope, peace, joy, and love found in the birth of Jesus Christ, we see this – the ultimate promise kept by God. In those days of the prophets, the Lord spoke to the people that God’s promises would be fulfilled. That the righteous branch would spring up and the Messiah would come. The world had to wait, yes, but God’s promise was fulfilled.
What better promise is there than the promise of God’s eternal kingdom? And with the entrance of Jesus into this world, the fulfillment of the prophecies and the promises of God in Emmanuel, we can have the utmost confidence and faith in the promise of God’s salvation and saving grace. That’s one promise that can never and will never be broken.
– Pastor Matt