I was teaching the Sunday School class of children, ages 8-10, and at the end of the lesson I said, “Let’s run over the lesson….” that was as far as I got, my problem child, Ricky, had thrown his Bible on the floor and was proceeding to run back and forth over it… you can go ahead of me here as I asked him what in the world he was doing! He was “running over the lesson.”
I thought of that as I started to write because I was thinking of the old hymn “Standing on the Promises of God”, it brought a smile to my lips remembering old Ricky, and thought of all of us standing proudly on the Word of God. The real reason, I’m getting there, is that the politicians have already started their TV advertisements for the elections in the Fall telling us how they will make the change we need to save our country from ruin. I agree our country needs a change but I doubt that any of them would be able to do it. I wonder how many promises they will make in trying to get elected to the particular office for which they are running but will they keep them? Some of us have been around long enough to hear the promises and see them erode into nothingness as the years went by, so who can we believe?
I have mentioned before that I never lied to my children about things like “Is that shot going to hurt?” I answered, “Yes, it will hurt a little, but I will be standing right here by you and it will be over soon.” “Am I going to die from this operation?” Again my answer was, “No, the angel of God is standing with you, and I will never leave you either.” In my house there was no Santa, although I was not against him being a part of decorations, or an Easter Bunny or a tooth fairy, so that when I told them something, they never had to doubt I told the truth.
Jesus had a bunch of men, chosen to be sure, but just ordinary men, and He was constantly having to explain the parables to them and speak emphatically and using the word “verily”, which was used by Jesus 99 out of 113 times that it was used in the whole Bible. It means in truth; really; indeed. He gave them promises Matthew 18:18-20 “Take this most seriously: A yes on earth is yes in heaven; a no on earth is no in heaven. What you say to one another is eternal. I mean this. When two of you get together on anything at all on earth and make a prayer of it, my Father in heaven goes into action. And when two or three of you are together because of me, you can be sure that I’ll be there.” John 6:47 I’m telling you the most solemn and sober truth now: Whoever believes in me has real life, eternal life. I am the Bread of Life. John 14:1-4 “Don’t let this throw you. You trust God, don’t you? Trust me. There is plenty of room for you in my Father’s home. If that weren’t so, would I have told you that I’m on my way to get a room ready for you? And if I’m on my way to get your room ready, I’ll come back and get you so you can live where I live. And you already know the road I’m taking.”
In that small selection of verses, in which He vowed the truth, how many times did you see a criticism of His enemy, the devil, or the Romans, or anyone? He promised us answered prayers, through the unity of agreement, food for our soul through Himself, the Bread of Life, and then He promised the ultimate, ETERNAL LIFE! Did He hedge or mince words? No, He spoke the truth straight forward, He told us what to believe and only spoke of the enemy in John 10:10 Jesus told this simple story, but they had no idea what he was talking about. So he tried again. “I’ll be explicit, then. I am the Gate for the sheep. All those others are up to no good—sheep stealers, every one of them. But the sheep didn’t listen to them. I am the Gate. Anyone who goes through me will be cared for—will freely go in and out, and find pasture. A thief is only there to steal and kill and destroy. I came so they can have real and eternal life, more and better life than they ever dreamed of.
The only promises we can stand on and believe are found in the Bible, if Jesus said it, I accept it, I believe it, and that settles it for me! If Jesus were running for an office the choice would be easy wouldn’t it?