A Christmas Promise

This past Sunday, December 17, 2017; I was privileged to continue preaching the series, Waiting; at our church. The text of choice came from the Gospel according to Matthew chapter 1, verses 18 through 25. Throughout this series we have discovered that we are all waiting on something. However, after countless prophecies given in the Old Testament of the birth of a Savior, there was a season of silence, lasting 400 years (note the blog post, Waiting.)  

The angels visit to Joseph, or Gabriel's visit to Mary recorded in Luke 1, came no longer as a prophecy, but rather as a promise! The Old Testament prophecy had become the New Testament promise. We discovered in our Morning Encounter service at LaFayette Church of God (LaFayette, GA) that the same promise given to young Joseph and Mary of a baby that would save the people from their sins, is the very same promise to you and I today. The angel told Joseph in v. 23, "Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall call his name Immanuel" (which means, God with us). Some 2,017 years ago, the promise was given, God with us. I suggest to you today that He is still very much, God with us! The writer of Hebrews said, Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever (13:8). Moses speaking to the children of Israel, recorded in Deuteronomy 31:6, Be strong and courageous. Do not fear or be in dread of them, for it is the Lord your God who goes with you. He will not leave you or forsake you." Speaking to Joshua, before Israel, he said the same in v. 8.

This Christmas season you have a promise. The promise of salvation, in Jesus, if you will only believe. The promise of,  God with you! Take your promise. Give birth to that what God has put in you! It may just change the world, little less your own life.

Be blessed,

Pastor Josh

Kaye and I would be honored for you to join us, as our guest, at LaFayette Church of God (LaFayette, GA) during any of our Encounter services. 
You can learn more about the ministries of our church by visiting, www.lafayettecog.org.


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