This Advent it struck me how many of God’s promises I saw in the Scriptures. I realized that Christmas is about the fulfillment of God’s long awaited promises, and even more so, God’s faithfulness to His people in doing what He promised He would do.
Mary’s words point to this in the Gospel: “Blessed is she who believed that what was spoken to her by the Lord would be fulfilled.”
How long people waited for the coming of a Savior. How many years, generations and prophecies passed before the coming of Christ. What a mystery this all was. Then, the coming of Christ happened in a surprising, unexpected way, and in God’s timing. God’s promise was fulfilled through Jesus Christ being born.
All of us are waiting for something in our lives. Maybe it’s a healing, a reconciled relationship, a next step in our career, a vocation to be revealed, a child to be born, a wound to be mended, or something that God spoke to us to be fulfilled.
May we remember how many of God’s promises have already been fulfilled as we heard throughout Advent: We have a Savior. God is with us. We are loved and cherished. God desires us to be healed, saved, rescued, and redeemed so that we can share more abundant life with Him.
May we believe that what was spoken to us by the Lord will be fulfilled. This is what Christmas is all about: Receiving God's fulfilled promises as a gift of His faithfulness to us, and believing in the promises yet to come.