Have you ever had someone promise to give you something and you looked forward to it? It could have been your parent who said that you were going to receive a gift on your 18th birthday. The closer that you got to your 18th year, the more excited you got for it. Also the more information your parents may have given you about the gift.
For example, they first say it’s just a gift that will benefit you. Then they say it will be red, then later on they say you can use it to get to your job or something. Then finally after years of anticipation, you finally see that it is a red Ford pickup(yes, cliche but I just wanted to choose a vehicle lol). You didn’t know what exactly what it would be until you were 18, but you trusted that your parents weren’t lying to you and looked forward to the excitement that would benefit you.
“Paul, a slave of Christ Jesus, called as an apostle and singled out for God’s good news — which He promised long ago through His prophets in the Holy Scriptures”—
Romans 1:1-2Hcsb Bible
The same can be said of God prophesying about Jesus’ eventual return. At first, God prophesied that Jesus would crush the snake(satan) and he(satan) would bruise(the cross) his heel. Then later on we get more information. We find out that he would come in the line of Abraham, then Judah, then David. Then one of the most known prophecies about Jesus that we know is that of Isaiah 53 in which we discover about how he would serve us, how he would suffer and even a slight nod to what he looked like. Then at the perfect time, we finally find out his name, the name of Jesus and Emmanuel.
We know the second verse is talking about Jesus and the good news of his perfect life, death and resurrection for two reasons.
One, there is only two subjects that are in the passage at hand. One of them is Paul and the other is Jesus Christ and his good news. Paul is here to introduce himself as a slave to Jesus and that’s what describes him. After that, the second subject comes into play and that is the Good news of Jesus Christ. Then he describes and informs us that it was promised and foretold thousands of years ago. Obviously it is referring to the good news because, unless I’m wrong, j have never read or heard of a prophecy in the Old Testament alluding to Paul. I’ve heard prophecies for John the Baptist, but not Paul.
We know this is an exciting promise that’s fulfilled because of our fallen nature that is destined for hell and destruction otherwise. So be excited for it.
So as we look back at the promises fulfilled by Jesus, we can be excited that we can have relationship with Jesus living inside us. We can be excited for the promises that he has given us of the future. Promises of peace in heaven, being with God forever, and ultimately the Justice that we all are so eagerly waiting for in our lives. These promises will either happen in our lifetime or later on. But rest assured, these promises and more will be fulfilled if we have accepted Jesus as our Lord and Savior.
So what promises are you most excited for? And if you don’t know which promises that he has promised us, then study and look for them(avoid prosperity preachers though, because as we will find out in Romans, they’re dead wrong).
So be excited, be filled with Joy of the promises yet to be fulfilled. They are a done deal. We know this by past promises. If you have any questions or disagreements, just comment below or message me and I’ll respond when I can. I hope you all have a great day.