The Restored Orchard

A Promise Fulfilled – Advent Week 4

And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.

John 1:14 NKJV

As a toddler, my oldest son loved to play on the telephone. Watching him one day made me remember that old game called “telephone.” It’s where one person says a word or phrase and it is whispered from person to person until the last person says it out loud. Each listener only gets one time to hear the word before it’s spoken to the next person. By the time the word reaches the end of the line, it’s announced out loud. As you can imagine, it wasn’t the way the initial speaker intended.

The Word that John speaks about is Jesus. Jesus became flesh to display the glory of God and spread good news of His grace and truth throughout the world. Jesus’ birth was one of the many fulfilled promises of God. The Bible gives us first hand accounts of God’s goodness and mercy woven throughout time. Every single promise of God will come to pass. It doesn’t matter if human ears or hearts twist or misinterpret His word. The promise remains.

God’s promise of salvation for us is still available. Our Father is a God of salvation and the first step is to repent. Ezekiel 18:31–32 (CSB) says, “For I take no pleasure in anyone’s death.” This is the declaration of the Lord God. “So repent and live!” That’s God’s plan, for us to have eternal life, but we must make the first move.

Let me encourage you to learn the promises for yourself. By reading the Bible and inviting God into your life, you will know His word directly from the source, not passed through the filters of other people’s hearts and ears. I want to challenge you to dive deeper into the Bible in the coming days. Create a habit of prayer and studying God’s word. I am confident that you will be able to see the promises of God, His grace and the truth. I pray that it shifts you to live in expectation of His continued promises coming to pass all around you.

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