Reflecting on the Advent of Christ and God’s Faithfulness
The holiday season is often filled with surprises, from hidden gifts to unexpected acts of kindness. But as we celebrate Christmas, it’s important to remember that the birth of Christ was not meant to be a surprise. Throughout the Old Testament, God had been promising his people a Savior, providing specific details about his coming. The real story of Christmas is one of fulfillment, where God faithfully fulfills his promises to his people.
The Old Testament prophets played a crucial role in revealing information about the coming Messiah. Jeremiah prophesied that the Messiah would be a king from the line of David, bringing hope and restoration to God’s people. Micah foretold that the Messiah would be born in Bethlehem, a seemingly insignificant town. Isaiah proclaimed that the Messiah would be born of a virgin, a miraculous sign of God’s intervention. These prophecies, among many others, gave the people of Israel hope and expectation for the coming of the Savior.
Confirmation of God’s Faithfulness
When Philip shared the news of Christ’s arrival, he declared, “We have found him of whom Moses and also the prophets wrote” (John 1:45). The people of that time were not surprised by the coming of the Messiah; they were expecting him. Finding Jesus was a confirmation of God’s faithfulness to his promises. The birth of Christ served as a vivid reminder that God does what he says he will do, down to the last detail.
The Importance of Prophecy
The Gospel writers, such as Matthew, highlighted the fulfillment of prophecy in their accounts of Christ’s birth. Matthew repeatedly emphasized that certain events occurred to fulfill what the Lord had spoken through the prophets. This emphasis on prophecy is not just extra fluff to fill out the story; it serves to demonstrate God’s faithfulness. The fulfillment of prophecy strengthens our faith and reassures us that God keeps his promises.
God’s Faithfulness in Our Lives
Just as God faithfully fulfilled his promise to send Jesus, he continues to be faithful in our lives today. The indwelling presence of the Holy Spirit assures us of God’s constant companionship and guidance. While we may face struggles and doubts, we can find hope in God’s faithfulness. He promises to come again, and we can confidently anticipate the fulfillment of his promises to dwell with us forever.
As we celebrate Christmas, let us remember that the real story of Christmas is not one of surprise but of fulfillment. God’s faithfulness in fulfilling his promises gives us hope and reassurance in our own lives. Just as he sent Jesus as the Savior, he continues to be faithful to his promises today. Let us find comfort and strength in God’s faithfulness and eagerly await the fulfillment of his promises in our lives.