“We tell you the good news: What God promised our ancestors he has fulfilled for us, their children, by raising up Jesus.”
God Kept His Word
Talk is cheap. Whether it’s an advertiser, a politician, a friend, or a family member, it’s easy for people to say things that they won’t back up with actions. A restaurant may claim to have the best pizza in town. That doesn’t necessarily mean that they do. Politicians constantly make huge promises when they are seeking election. That doesn’t necessarily mean that they will keep them. A friend or family member can say that they will do anything to help you. But those words really don’t mean anything if they are not followed by actions.
Throughout the Old Testament, God promised that he would send a Savior who would rescue all people from sin. He made that promise to Adam and Eve right after they fell into sin. He made that promise to Abraham when he promised, “All peoples on earth will be blessed through you” (Genesis 12:3). He repeated that promise to Isaac and Jacob and generation after generation of Israelites. Even when the people of Judah were taken into exile in Babylon, God still promised that he would bring them back so that the Savior could be born just as he had promised.
All these promises would mean nothing if God did not do what he had promised. Without actions to back up these promises, they would be the cheapest of cheap talk. But God did back up his promises with actions. Just as he had said he would, he sent his only Son, Jesus, to be our Savior. In keeping with everything that God had promised, Jesus lived the perfect life that God requires and died the death necessary to pay for all our sins. And the definitive proof that God has kept all his promises is the fact that Jesus has risen from the dead.
Easter, which we celebrated just a few weeks ago, is our guarantee that God has done everything that he promised to do. In Jesus, he has forgiven all our sins. In Jesus, he has declared us holy in his sight. God has kept his word. That truly is good news!
Heavenly Father, all praise to you for keeping all your promises in Jesus. Amen.