Genesis 15:1-6, Revelation 22:16
The season of Advent is a time of anticipation of a coming event. Anticipation is a form of faith and faith ” is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see”, as was written in Hebrews. We see in Genesis that Abram (Abraham), who was a wealthy man, exhibited an extreme leap of faith in a covenant with God that God would provide his heir. At the time Abram and his wife Sari were elderly and childless. Through several encounters with God, Abram’s name was changed by God to be Abraham promising Abraham that he would be “the father of many nations”. In chapter 21 of Genesis we see the arrival of that heir, Isaac, to Abraham and Sarah, just as God promised. All through the Old Testament we see God’s promises to be the God of the Israelite nation if they will obey Him, but, they keep falling away. The blood line continued, just as God promised, all the way through the Old Testament through many, many years and generations later called David’s Royal Line to the baby boy born in Bethlehem on what we call Christmas.
In the New Testament we see that God sent his Son, the Messiah, born man, but still wholly God, to take away the sins of the world. This promise is offered to EVERYONE who will believe that He is truly the one and only Son of God and He came to save us from our sin. The four gospel books describe the birth, life, death and resurrection of Jesus while he was on earth. The letters Paul wrote plus other books more fully develop this Good News that it is for ALL people. We see near the end of the final book of the Bible (Rev. 22:16) that He is our MORNING STAR.
Submitted by Tom Harrell, Elder