The Christmas Promise

Genesis 12 gives us a specific promise indicating God is working to set things in motion for the salvation of the world.  God chose a man from Ur of Chaldees.  The promise made to Abraham, and later to Isaac and Jacob, is made to all nations.  It’s more than that.  It’s made to all families.  When God called Abraham, he believed God and it was counted as righteousness in the sight of God.  Through the offspring of Abraham the promise would come.  It’s a promise for every member of every family.  Thank God for what this says to us.  Everyone can be saved.

Genesis 12:1-3 Now the Lord had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father’s house, unto a land that I will shew thee: And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing: And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.

Acts 2:39 For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call.

The promise was made in Genesis and the fulfillment is seen in Acts.  Christmas isn’t just for a few.  It’s for all. We focus on shopping and plan for Christmas Day.  We naturally think about family.  The promise was first made to Adam and Eve in the Garden.  A woman’s seed would crush the head of the devil and provide salvation for the sin that came when Adam and Eve sinned.  We all have common ancestors in Adam and Eve.  They are our original father and mother.  When they sinned sin came upon the entire human race.  When children were born down through time they were born with the need to be saved.  We were born with that same need.  On our own we are fallen.  At the age of accountability we chose our own way over God’s.  We’re all included.  This is why God chose Abraham and Sara as a channel.  The only way we can claim salvation is because of what Jesus did and our trust in that.

The plan of salvation involved the Father’s family—Father, Son, Holy Spirit.  The only way for anyone to be saved was for God to send a part of his family to be part of our family.  Without the sacrifice of a life there is no remission of sin.  God sent an angel to Mary and told her she would conceive a child of the Holy Ghost.  God would take on humanity—human nature.  The Son of God would be the Son of Man.  Jesus left his family to be part of ours.  There’s a Savior in every family.  There is a member in each family who came from heaven.  No matter how bad the family is, Jesus can save.  Everyone in your family can go to heaven.  Jesus died for us and our family, but he died for the families of the entire world.

Never think someone in your family has gone too far.  The promise is still good.  These are bad days, but the promise is renewed today as a reminder that we can enjoy the victory of salvation and see our loved ones saved.  Claim the promise of Jesus for yourself and your family.

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