DEVOTIONAL GUIDE: Jesus keeps His promises
If Jesus has already kept the hard promise by rising from the dead, you can trust Him to keep all His easy promises.
“The angel said to the women, ‘Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here; he has risen, just as he said’” (Matthew 28:5-7).
Why do you believe what someone says? What makes you believe that what a person says is true?
Suppose I promise to give you $1 million Monday at noon, and then $1,000 Tuesday at noon. You might have reason to doubt my promise – particularly if you could see my bank balance!
But suppose I manage to fulfill the promise on Monday – you get the $1 million! What do you expect to happen on Tuesday? If I fulfilled the promise to give you $1 million on Monday, surely I’ll give you the $1,000 on Tuesday! You will have no doubt! I’ve kept the hard promise – surely I’ll keep the easier one.
Jesus predicts His death and resurrection at least three times to all the disciples, in chapters 8, 9 and 10 of Mark. He also refers to His resurrection when talking with James, John and Peter after the transfiguration, and when speaking with all of the disciples the night He was betrayed. Here it is, the third day, and He rose.
Isn’t the promise to rise from the dead the hardest promise to keep anyone has ever made? Jesus kept the hard promise. He lived up to His word. Shouldn’t we then believe the rest of His words, and trust Him to be speaking truthfully? He’s fulfilled the $1 million promise – surely He’ll fulfill all the $1,000 promises He made.
“Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away” (Matthew 24:35). He keeps all His promises.
He says He will accept us. “All those the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never drive away” (John 6:37).
He promises complete forgiveness. "If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness" (1 John 1:9).
A leper – representing each of us in our lost state – runs up to Jesus and says, “If you are willing, you can make me clean!” Jesus replies, “I am willing: Be clean!” (Matthew 8:2-3). He is willing; you too can be clean!
He promises to care for us. "Come unto Me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest" (Matthew 11:28).
He promises to stay. "I will never leave you nor forsake you" (Heb. 13:5).
He will do “just as He said.”
Pastor Tim Wilson serves at Park Rapids Assembly of God.