What are your dreams for this Christmas? Perhaps you have a long list of presents you’re hoping to receive! Maybe you’re dreaming of parties and pantomimes, or carols by candlelight. Or you could just be longing for some time to take a break and relax with family and friends. For so many of us, Christmas is a time to dream. Will your Christmas dreams be fulfilled?
Dreams are one thing; promises are another. Do you make promises at Christmas? “After Christmas I’ll start my diet.” Or, “Next year I’ll spend more time with my loved ones.” Sadly, our promises aren’t always kept.
A promise long awaited
But Christmas is really all about a promise. One that was kept, though it was a long time coming.
God promised to send a King and Saviour into our world. He gave this promise many times over many years, as the Bible records. One example is:
‘To us a child is born, to us a son is given… And he will be called Wonderful Counsellor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.’ (Isaiah 9v6)
A promise kept
700 years passed after God spoke these words. Perhaps only a few people kept the hope alive.
But God kept his promise – as he always does. He sent the child – his own Son, the Lord Jesus Christ. Jesus was born as a baby in Bethlehem; he was born as the ‘Prince of Peace’.
Jesus brings us peace by bringing us into a right relationship with God. We have all cut ourselves off from God by ignoring him and breaking his commands. This places us in great danger. But God loved us so much that he sent his Son to save us by taking the penalty for our sins. Jesus did this when he died on the cross.
A promise for you
Because Jesus died and rose again, God makes another promise:
‘Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.’ (Acts 2v21)
This is a promise of a new relationship at peace with God. It is a promise of forgiveness and eternal life. It is a promise for everyone who calls on the Lord Jesus, turning from their sin and trusting him as their Saviour.
This is a promise to take up and believe this Christmas. This is a promise for you!
Want to hear more? Listen to our Christmas morning message about the Prince of Peace.