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.
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:
The story with pictures: The Promise message
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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.
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.
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.
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 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.