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O Come, Let Us Adore Him 5: The Promise of His Coming

O Come, Let Us Adore Him – Advent Day 5 – The Promise of His Coming

The LORD God said to the serpent, “…I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and her offspring; He shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise His heel.” (Genesis 3:14-15, ESV) 

I pretty much always get the jump on most folks when it comes to listening to new Christmas music (actually, Christmas music in general). So, of course, by early November I had already listened to the new Christmas album by Crowder called Milk and Cookies at least five or six times. I immediately connected with and enjoyed the truth tucked into the end of the final song, “December 26th (Auld Lang Syne).” I tend to get pretty melancholic once the 25th has passed. I love Christmastime, and the thought of its ending is always a major downer for me. I start thinking about all the memories, the movies, the food, the family time together, time off work, and the music—all gone with the harsh reality that time has moved past that special day. I think David Crowder understands me, giving a dash of cheer as the season melts away: “One more week, the ball will drop/You’ll put away these Christmas songs/But come November they’ll be waiting here.” I was bummed out on December 26, 2021, but here we are again. Even though it takes a while to get here every year, Christmas is never gone; it’s always on the calendar, a distant promise waiting to be fulfilled.

That is the reason I chose to highlight the very first promise of the coming Messiah. The Old Testament is filled with such promises, with many conservative scholars stating there are at least 400 of them. But how fitting that the moment the need arose because of sin (more on that in a few days), the coming Messiah was promised! Just a few pages into the Bible we already have the promise of Christ’s coming. 

But it took a long time (by our standards) for Him to get here. Looking back at the completed Old Testament, biblical scholars have been able to work out the many prophecies that pinpointed the time of His arrival on the earth. But the people living in those times didn’t know when He would come; they just had the promise. Later promises indicated a child would be born (it would not be a grown man who would arrive but a child), and that He would be male (Isaiah 9:6). Many promises told of a yet-coming day when He will return, set up His kingdom, and reign over this earth. But the promises of His first arrival were not so glamorous. Isaiah says He would be despised and a Man of sorrows (53:2-3); He would be physically crushed and bear our sin (53:5-6); He would die (53:8-9). God led Isaiah to write these words hundreds of years in advance of sending the Christ. Knowing exactly what would take place, God fulfilled the promise He made 4,000 years earlier in Genesis 3.

You wonder how many godly men in Old Testament times grew weary of waiting as they watched the world fall deeper and deeper into depravity. You feel it in some of the psalms, when David asked the Lord, “How long?” How long until He rights the wrongs of the world? You wonder about the prophets who watched the kings of Israel depart drastically from the God they should have known. Why hadn’t He come yet? 

But on God’s calendar, the date was set; if it were our calendar, the date would have been circled in red to command attention. The promise was made, and so it was guaranteed to happen. Even though it took thousands of years, God kept His promise—He always keeps His promises. And so, in a different way than most expected, the promise came true. From the humble stable came the infant cries of a little boy lying in a manger—the cries of the promised Messiah, the Christ, the Savior of the world. Finally, He was here!

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