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The Name of the Promise Is Jesus
TCF Sermon
December 3, 2000

Isnít it great to begin to hear some of the great Christmas music?

When you were a child, did you misunderstand some of the words of carols?

Then when you learned to read and saw the lyrics, you may have been surprised at what they really said

Fractured Christmas Carols

Deck the Halls with Buddy Holly
We three kings of porridge and tar
Noel. Noel, Barneyís the king of Israel.
With the jelly toast proclaim

Here in our seemingly never-ending election season, weíve heard a lot of promises

- weíve heard a lot about promises

Some of the promises weíve heard from politicians can make us cynical, but

Now, as we begin the season of advent, in anticipation of Christmas, itís very appropriate that we take time to look at promises as seen in scripture

and very specifically, to look at a promise thatís older than time:

the promise of the coming Savior

Matthew 1:21 it says, speaking of Mary,
She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.

Note something important in this passage:

Matthew notes that his name will be JesusÖbut why?

- because "he will save His people from their sins"

- you might ask:

What does that have to do with His name?

His name means The Lord saves

Thatís why this morningís message is titled:

The Name of the Promise Is Jesus

During this Christmas season, itís appropriate to remember some key things about Jesus, whose birth we celebrate:

- just as Jesus was God in the flesh, the very embodiment of the Maker of the Universe

- Jesus was also the embodiment of all God promised His people

- of all God promised the world

in fact, He came to be called "the promised One"

Scripture shows us that Jesus is the promise

2 Corinthians 1:18-22

But as surely as God is faithful, our message to you is not "Yes" and "No." 19For the Son of God, Jesus Christ, who was preached among you by me and Silas and Timothy, was not "Yes" and "No," but in him it has always been "Yes." 20For no matter how many promises God has made, they are "Yes" in Christ. And so through him the "Amen" is spoken by us to the glory of God. 21Now it is God who makes both us and you stand firm in Christ. He anointed us, 22set his seal of ownership on us, and put his Spirit in our hearts as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come.

The Word of God, our Bible, is a book full of promises

In fact, by one count, the number of promises given in the Bible is 1,260

Singer Michael Card wrote a song called The Promise, and he wrote a little Christmas devotional on this theme:

He noted:

Christianity is founded on a promise. Faith involves waiting on a promise. Our hope is based on a promise.
Promises are made with words. Ö .that part of myself that goes with every promise is given to you through my wordsÖ.

Our God is the great maker of promisesÖ