God’s Great Promise

The Promise

Today I have four candles burning in my Advent candle holder. It is a Swedish tradition I like to keep. You start four Sundays before Christmas lighting one candle; then you add one each Sunday. This is the last Sunday before Christmas.

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My plans to be with my precious Sarah for her dance recital had to be canceled. I had promised myself I would be there; but we don’t rule over our health and sometimes promises like this one have to be broken. But there is one Promise that was kept through the ages, and one wonderful Promise that we have to look forward to.

Here is my Christmas message for you. Feel free to share it and use it. I shared it with my grandchildren on the Sunday of First Advent. This could be your Christmas message on Christmas morning. To download:

Slide show: The Promise ppt     The Promise pdf

The story with pictures: The Promise message

The story with big pictures: The Promise message big

cor navidad 4 cobGOD MAKES A PROMISE
“I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and her offspring; he shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise his heel.” Genesis 3:15

Adam and Eve lived happily in the Garden of Eden, but they let sin enter in through disobedience to God. Their disobedience brought sad consequences.

But God, in his great love, gave them a promise that one day He would send a Savior.

cor navidad 2 cobGOD KEEPS HIS PROMISE 
But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law. Galatians 4:4

During four thousand years people awaited the fulfillment of God’s promise. Perhaps some thought that God had forgotten his promise. But He did not forget. God always keeps his promises. One day the Savior was born.

cor navidad 5 cobJESUS FULFILLS THE PROMISE
But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 5:8

It was not enough that the Savior be born. It was necessary for Jesus to give his life for us. He died on a cross to obtain forgiveness for our sins. Before his death, Jesus said, “It is finished.”

The promise God made in the Garden was fulfilled by Jesus Christ on the Cross.

cor navidad 3 cobI BELIEVE IN THE PROMISE
Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life; whoever does not obey the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God remains on him. John 3:36

God promised a Savior, and the Savior came. This means that through Him we have eternal life.

“WHOEVER BELIEVES IN THE SON HAS ETERNAL LIFE.”

 

Jesus is coming
JESUS HAS PROMISED TO COME BACK

Jesus will return again soon. He will take us to heaven and give us the crown of life. Jesus came the first time to fulfill the promise of God. Jesus will come again, because He himself has promised that He will come back.

As we celebrate Christmas once more, may we be forever thankful for the Promise God fulfilled some 2000 years ago. I hope you can look forward with anticipation to the fulfillment of Jesus’ Great Promise.

HE WILL COME BACK!

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About kelund

My name is Kerstin Anderas-Lundquist. I was born in Sweden to Per & Brita Anderas, on March 6, 1946. In 1948 we left to begin a missionary life in Chile; in 1956 we moved on to Peru. On May 1, 1969 I married an all-Swedish guy from Karslkrona: Bengt Göran Emanuel Lundquist. God blessed us with two daughters: Eva-Marie Elizabeth and Ruth Carina. We served as missionaries in Peru and Bolivia. In 1988 we moved to the United States to work at Life Publishers in Miami, Florida. I was to assist in developing the line of Sunday School Curriculm in Spanish known as Vida Nueva. I live in Springfield, Missouri, and am retired from work at the Assemblies of God Headquarters. My husband and daughter Eva-Marie have been promoted to Heaven. Carina is married to Thom Cole and they have given me four gourgeous grandchildren, even five (teen-age John). I will be writing about my life, past and present, blended with visions for the future. My deepest desire is to spread the “seed of love”–inspiration to serve God and our neighbors with love and compassion.
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