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Christmas 2: Promises, Promises, Why Do I Believe?

January 05, 2020 Season 2 Episode 10
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Christmas 2: Promises, Promises, Why Do I Believe?
Jan 05, 2020 Season 2 Episode 10
Fr. Brian Garrison, Christmas 2

Promises, Promises, Why do I believe?  

The lyrics to a 1983 top 20 Pop Rock song that of course explains the inescapable hope of love and relationships.  One person making promises to the other knowing they will never keep them, but it is these promises that keeps the other person tied to the relationship but asking the question why, “why do I believe?  If this is love” the songwriter sings, “it breaks my heart” When “you made me promises promises that you knew you’d never keep.”   

A catchy tune played on the radio, one that obviously connected to people as it climbed to number 11 on the US top 100 Billboard Single Charts.   Today, its message is played out over and over again by people who hope to find love, who are looking for purpose in life, who are placing their hope in other people who can never fulfill the promises they are making, and not just in relationships of love, but in relationships of all kinds such as the promises of careers, family, business, investments, purchases, health, you name it.

But what if, what if there is a promises maker, who is a promises keeper.  What if there is a person who can not only promise the hope of a better life, a more enjoyable life, a longer lasting life, more satisfying life, but deliver on his promises?  I know it sounds like a pill to great to be true.  But what if there is a person who can be trusted because over and over again his promises come true?

 The Mathematical odds of any one person fulfilling the amount of prophecies that Jesus fulfilled are breath taking. Mathematicians put it this way:

 1 person fulfilling 8 prophecies spoken over the course of centuries before they were even born: 1 in 100,000,000,000,000,000 quadrillion (that is the amount after trillion).  1 person fulfilling 48 prophecies: 1 chance in 10 to the 157th power 1 person fulfilling 300+ prophecies: Only Jesus!

Not only does this prophetic record set the Bible apart from any other book, but it shows us a God who is trustworthy and true.  We see, we hear, we read about a God who makes promises to his people, and yes; he fulfills his promises with amazing details.

There is no God like my God.  Isaiah 45:5-6

 God is a promise maker, and God is a promise keeper.

Why do I believe?  Tell me why I shouldn’t.  And why shouldn’t you either?  

All that this world has to offer cannot keep its promise to you. So why put your trust in that which you know cannot fulfill?

Maybe you need to pause to think, maybe you need to stop and reflect.  Maybe you need to honestly answer whose promises are you hoping for?  

It is easy to get mixed up and start placing hope in the things of this world especially after we just got all this new stuff that we anticipated would make life better.  It’s easy to get mixed up and start placing hope in people you love, people you hope will love you, including yourself especially as we move into another year and make promises that we know we won’t keep.  

It easy to get mixed up and place our hope in things that will let us down.  The world, flesh, and the devil, and even good hearted people are going to let you down.

But what if, what if you put all your hope in God?  What if you lived in such a way that you would look like or at least feel like a fool unless God proved faithful?  

Who are you placing your hope in?  With the relationships that you have?  With the challenges that you face?  With the future you desire? With your tithes and offerings to the Lord?

Brothers and sisters, this is the Gospel way.  This is the Good News of Jesus.  God is a promise maker and God is a promise keeper.  You may go through challenging times, but God will make a way for you through it.  Life may get a little crazy, but God will give you his peac

Show Notes

Promises, Promises, Why do I believe?  

The lyrics to a 1983 top 20 Pop Rock song that of course explains the inescapable hope of love and relationships.  One person making promises to the other knowing they will never keep them, but it is these promises that keeps the other person tied to the relationship but asking the question why, “why do I believe?  If this is love” the songwriter sings, “it breaks my heart” When “you made me promises promises that you knew you’d never keep.”   

A catchy tune played on the radio, one that obviously connected to people as it climbed to number 11 on the US top 100 Billboard Single Charts.   Today, its message is played out over and over again by people who hope to find love, who are looking for purpose in life, who are placing their hope in other people who can never fulfill the promises they are making, and not just in relationships of love, but in relationships of all kinds such as the promises of careers, family, business, investments, purchases, health, you name it.

But what if, what if there is a promises maker, who is a promises keeper.  What if there is a person who can not only promise the hope of a better life, a more enjoyable life, a longer lasting life, more satisfying life, but deliver on his promises?  I know it sounds like a pill to great to be true.  But what if there is a person who can be trusted because over and over again his promises come true?

 The Mathematical odds of any one person fulfilling the amount of prophecies that Jesus fulfilled are breath taking. Mathematicians put it this way:

 1 person fulfilling 8 prophecies spoken over the course of centuries before they were even born: 1 in 100,000,000,000,000,000 quadrillion (that is the amount after trillion).  1 person fulfilling 48 prophecies: 1 chance in 10 to the 157th power 1 person fulfilling 300+ prophecies: Only Jesus!

Not only does this prophetic record set the Bible apart from any other book, but it shows us a God who is trustworthy and true.  We see, we hear, we read about a God who makes promises to his people, and yes; he fulfills his promises with amazing details.

There is no God like my God.  Isaiah 45:5-6

 God is a promise maker, and God is a promise keeper.

Why do I believe?  Tell me why I shouldn’t.  And why shouldn’t you either?  

All that this world has to offer cannot keep its promise to you. So why put your trust in that which you know cannot fulfill?

Maybe you need to pause to think, maybe you need to stop and reflect.  Maybe you need to honestly answer whose promises are you hoping for?  

It is easy to get mixed up and start placing hope in the things of this world especially after we just got all this new stuff that we anticipated would make life better.  It’s easy to get mixed up and start placing hope in people you love, people you hope will love you, including yourself especially as we move into another year and make promises that we know we won’t keep.  

It easy to get mixed up and place our hope in things that will let us down.  The world, flesh, and the devil, and even good hearted people are going to let you down.

But what if, what if you put all your hope in God?  What if you lived in such a way that you would look like or at least feel like a fool unless God proved faithful?  

Who are you placing your hope in?  With the relationships that you have?  With the challenges that you face?  With the future you desire? With your tithes and offerings to the Lord?

Brothers and sisters, this is the Gospel way.  This is the Good News of Jesus.  God is a promise maker and God is a promise keeper.  You may go through chall

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