God keeping His promise
Pastor Robin Collins, Trinity Lutheran Church, Staples
He who testifies to these things says, "Surely I am coming soon."
Amen. Come, Lord Jesus!
Remember playing ‘Hide and Seek” as a child? The person who is “it” cries out: “Ready or not, here I come.” You hope your hiding place is good enough.
Remember Adam and Eve in the Garden? They sinned; tried to hide from God, hoping their hiding place was good enough. It wasn’t. God sought them and found them. And yes, He did cast them out of the Garden, but not before promising to send ONE who would undo the work of the devil and take away their sin.
That’s what Christmas, and also Easter, is about - God keeping His promise to send the ONE to cover mankind’s sin; Christ Jesus, His Son. He did this by dying for our sin on Calvary’s cross; rising again, and ascending into heaven. But not before promising to come again.
That’s one of the themes of Advent, this season before Christmas; Christ’s promise to return in glory, to judge the living and the dead. The question is: are you ready?
Are you, like Adam and Eve, trying to hide your sin, or perhaps denying it? Then, no, you’re not. You can’t hide your sin from God. No one can. But the good news is that you don’t have to. Jesus died for your sin. He has covered it with His blood. Hold fast to His promise of forgiveness. Hold fast to His Word. Then you too can say: AMEN. COME, LORD JESUS.
To God be the glory. Amen.