Faithfulness is an incredible quality to have. We look for people in our lives to be faithful. You want a spouse who will be faithful in good times and bad. You want a pastor who will preach faithfully accordingto God’s word and live as he speaks. You want a doctor who is faithful to his oath. You want police and judges and government officials to be faithful to their duties. We rely on people to be faithful, yet every one of them will let us down at some point.
God alone is faithful. He is the source of the Fruit of the Spirit, faithfulness. The way we know of God’s faithfulness is that He does whatever He says He’s going to do. He keeps His promises. The Christmas story didn’t just appear in thin air out of nowhere. It is rooted in God’s promise to send the Messiah to save the world. Listen to some of God’s promises and see how they are fulfilled faithfullly in Jesus:
“The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel.” Isaiah 7:14
“But you, Bethlehem Ephratha, though you are small among the clans of Judah, out of you will come for me one who will be ruler over Israel, whose origins are from of old, from ancient times.” Micah 5:2
“For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” Isaiah 9:6
God’s ancient promises were fulfilled faithfullly in the birth of Jesus. These say nothing of the many additional promises that God kept for His people having to do with Jesus’ life, his death, and his resurrection. God promised salvation, and it is yours in Jesus! He is faithful to His word!
O Father in heaven, your word speaks promises of richest blessing, and your actions follow in faithfulness. Help us to trust your promises given faithfully in Jesus. Amen.