God’s Faithfulness…He is risen!

Alleluia, He is risen!  He is risen indeed!  Alleluia!

This month let us meditate on God’s faithfulness as we journey to our heavenly Father’s house according to His chosen will, means and path.  God calls us to consider His promises that have all been fulfilled in Christ Jesus during His exodus, Israelite’s promises that were broken on the exodus from Egypt to the Promised Land, and our broken promises on our exodus from this veil of sorrows to His home.  Rejoice, God’s faithfulness is unchanging and His promises remain steadfast and true forever regardless of our faltering faith and ability to keep our promises to Him and others.

     God blessed Egypt with Joseph’s faithful and wise stewardship of food during both the seven years of plenty and the seven years of famine.  Yet, a Pharaoh later came to power who neither acknowledged God’s providence nor provision through His chosen people and abused them with tyranny and slavery.  However, God watched over and heard the cries of His people, selecting Moses to lead them out from under the slavery and oppression of Pharaoh, a self-proclaimed god, and into the freedom and worship of the one true God.  This false god would relinquish neither his hold nor claim on God’s people even after His first born was struck down by God.  God remained committed even when His people were unfaithful to Him and slandered His chosen leader, leading them out of Egypt, through the Red Sea, through forty years of wandering in the wilderness, and giving them the land He promised Abraham.


     God blesses mankind with Jesus’ faithful and true redemptive work during both His ministry of preaching, teaching and healing and then His passion, death and resurrection.  Yet, the prince of this world, who had illegitimately seized authority and power in the Garden of Eden, consistently and cunningly tempted Jesus to seek glory apart from that of the Father’s and what the Father had promised Him.  God watched over His only begotten Son and heard His cries from the Garden of Gethsemane and the cross as our Lord struggled under the weight of your, my, and all mankind’s sin.  Jesus brought all mankind out from under the slavery and tyranny of sin, death and the devil with His innocent suffering and death so that we would be free and worship the one true God in spirit and truth.  God remained faithful to His chosen One, raising Jesus from death and seating His Son at His right hand in power and glory.  Christ continues to faithfully lead all God’s people to our heavenly Father’s mansion until the Last Day when He will come to judge the living and the dead.

     Our exodus through suffering, affliction and temptation in this veil of sorrow is a present reality.  It will become a historic fact when we breath our last, commend our spirits into God’s hands, and are welcomed into our promised eternal peace and rest.  Until then, God promises to sustain, strengthen, safeguard, and comfort us with His means of grace He provides within His one holy, Christian, and apostolic Church while the spiritual battle rages for our souls.  His promises remain steadfast and trustworthy even as we struggle with doubts and fears.  His promises remain unchanging and immoveable even when we fail to remember and keep our promises to Him in the heat of our struggle against our flesh, the fallen world and the attacks of the evil one


     My brothers and sisters, the Israelite exodus from slavery and bondage in Egypt to the Promised Land is history, proving God fulfilled His promises even when His chosen people broke their promises under the strain of God’s trial and afflictions and Satan’s temptations.  Jesus’ exodus through suffering, affliction, temptation, and death to His resurrection and ascension is history, proving God fulfills all His redemptive promises in Christ. Our exodus is a present reality played out upon His path of righteousness that leads us through this veil of tears, through trials and afflictions, through the evil one’s plots and schemes, proving God’s promises are immutable and personal for His children.  Thus, God’s promises are concurrently a historical fact, a present reality, and a future certainty.  Rejoice, Jesus is the solid rock upon which all God’s promises rest.  Rejoice, your, my, and the salvation of mankind rests upon neither the shifting sands of human reason or strength nor our faulty and failing human promises.

Alleluia, He is risen!  He is risen indeed!  Alleluia!