Fulfilled in Christ
Key Bible Passage:
For all of God’s promises have been fulfilled in Christ with a resounding “Yes!” And through Christ, our “Amen” (which means “Yes”) ascends to God for his glory. (2 Corinthians 1:20 NLT)
“But you promised!” We’ve all heard that phrase, usually from kids–but not always. I’ve experienced the disappointment of a broken promise, and I try not to say that phrase. Christmas is all about God keeping his promises–hundreds of them, fulfilled in Christ! We write our signature as a guarantee, but today’s verse says God’s guarantee is Christ.
Christmas is a big deal (the biggest) because Jesus is God’s signature – “the exact representation of his being” (Hebrews 1:3).
Many Christian churches observe the four Sundays leading up to Christmas Day. This extended celebration is called Advent–meaning arrival or about to happen, which shares the same root word as adventure, if you’re nerdy about word origins. Studying root words in the Bible can be fun and easy using sites like Biblehub.com. You can even look up Advent activities. (Chocolate Advent calendar, anyone? Military commissaries carry them.)
Some waiting is always part of an arrival. “Hurry up and wait” is even a joke slung around in the military. The Jews waited 400 silent years between the time of the Old and New Testaments for the arrival of the promised hope, the promised salvation. Christ is God’s YES!
Big ideas? You bet. In whatever you’re concerned about today, ask God to help you press into his character. He guarantees he will work it out (Romans 8:28). Hold onto his promises for spiritual strength and for everyone’s favorite… resiliency. Christ makes it all possible. Yesss!
- Have you ever made a paper chain to count down the last days of deployment? Make one with links to count down to Christmas as a means of anticipating Christ’s arrival.