Advent 2018: Until the Son of God Appears

Day 4: O Come, Hope of the Nations

Genesis 12:1-7, John 8:54-56, Romans 4:13-25, Galatians 3:7-18, 1 Peter 2:9-10

 

Can you imagine being Abraham? Being called by God to leave your land, your relatives, and your father’s house? God called Abraham away from everything comfortable and familiar and led him to a place he had never been. But Abraham believed God’s promise to make him into a great nation. He knew God would bless him to be a blessing to others. God called, and Abraham answered.

Responding in faith is a lot like walking down a street in a dense fog, where you can only see the next step. It requires faith, because we can see but a small portion of what God sees. To walk in faith, then, is to take God at His Word.

It’s important to note that the primary operating force in Abraham’s story is God’s Word. God does not begin working on Abraham as if he were merely someone in need of reform. He begins by giving Abraham His a promise. So the focus is never on what Abraham has to do for God, but what God will do for Abraham. It is only in response to God’s given Word that Abraham’s faith and obedience are cultivated.

God is always faithful to His Word. In fact, if you are a believer, then you are proof of God’s faithfulness. Yes, you. If you have faith in Jesus Christ, you are counted among Abraham’s children, one of the stars in the sky God told Abraham to count (Genesis 15:5).

Long ago, God promised a man named Abram that He would make him into a great nation in order to bless all the other nations (Genesis 12:2–3). From Abram (renamed Abraham), came the nation of Israel. From Israel, came the long-promised seed of Abraham, Jesus Christ. And in Jesus Christ, people from every tribe, tongue, and nation have been invited to become God’s children.

Once you were not a people, but now you are God’s people (1 Peter 2:10), all because of the Word of God, the promise made to Abraham, and the promised Word made flesh, Jesus Christ. He is the hope of the nations.

Jesus Christ is the true and greater Abraham, who answered the call of God to leave all that was comfortable and familiar to come to earth to dwell among men. He perfectly obeyed the Father’s Word and held on to His promises and, in turn, created a new people of God.

As you read this, you do so in the midst of God-ordained redemptive history. And now, just as God sent Abraham to make the way for Jesus, and God sent Jesus to make a way for us, Jesus now sends us to bring others back to Him. Let us, like Abraham before us, take God at His Word and respond in faith. Go and be a blessing to others by declaring Jesus Christ, the hope of the nations.

Written by Matt Capps