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Sermon Audio: Hope

Scripture Reference: Luke 2:25-38

Sunday, Dec. 1st, 2013

Commentary: How Strong Is The Promise

By:  Pastor Roy Crane

Listen to Pastor Roy’s Sermon regarding this commentary here.

God’s promise concerning the perpetuation of the Davidic dynasty and the Levitical priesthood would be as unbreakable as God’s covenant of day and night.  Some of the people were accusing God of forsaking His two houses – Israel and Judah, and were thus despising the Jews as being cast-offs, a non-people. 

The Lord replies that His covenant with His people is as fixed as the laws of nature,  The descendants of David would be as innumerable as the host of Heaven and the sand of the sea.  This promise (covenant) will be fulfilled in the fullness of the Body of Christ, who are made kings and priests as recorded in the Book of the Revelation.

John addressed the Revelation to the seven churches located in the Roman province of Asia.  First, John wishes for these churches grace…and peace.  Grace means the undeserved favor of God and the strength that is needed in the Christian life day by day.  Peace is the resulting calm that enables the believer to face persecution, sorrow, and even death itself.

It comes from Jesus Christ, the faithful witness, the firstborn from the dead, and the ruler over the kings of the earth.  This clearly describes God the Son.  He is the dependable witness.  As firstborn from the dead, He is the first One to rise from the dead to die no more, and the one who holds the place of honor and pre-eminence among all who are raised from the dead to enjoy eternal life.  He is also the ruler over all earthly kings. 

Following his initial greetings, John writes a tribute of praise to the Lord Jesus.  First of all, he speaks of the Savior as the One who loved us (loves us) and washed us from our sins in His own blood. 

Note the tenses of the verbs: loves, a present, continuous action; washed, a past, completed work.  Note too the order:  He loves us, and indeed loved us long before He washed us.  And note the price He paid: His own blood. 

Honest self-evaluation forces us to confess that the cost was too high.  We did not deserve to be washed at such an exorbitant price.

His love did not stop at washing us, though it could have done so.  He mad us kings and priests to His God and Father.  As holy priests, we offer spiritual sacrifices to God: our persons, our possessions, our praise, and our services.  As royal priests, we tell forth the excellencies of Him who called us out of darkness into His marvelous light.

If we meditate on such love, we can only conclude that He is worthy of all the glory, honor, worship, and praise that we can heap on Him.  And He is worthy of the dominion over our lives, the church, the world, and the entire universe.