After reading the title of this post, I’m sure that many of you have been left slightly confused. You’re probably thinking, “But God doesn’t break any of his promises. Shouldn’t you know that?” Let me assure you, I am very confident in God’s faithfulness concerning his promises, however, I’m not so sure that everybody else is. Simply put, we all live in a world full of broken promises. Because of this, we are never able to have full trust in anyone. The greatest problem that arises from this thinking is the fact that we allow this lack of trust to spill over into our relationship with God. So many people find it hard to trust in all that God has promised to us, when in fact, he is the only one in which we can wholly trust. For this post, my mission is to show you just how faithful God is in keeping his promises, and in light of this, the hope that we have for our future.
At this point, I’m sure you’re asking yourself, “What does this have to do with John.” In short, everything. Many people tend to look at John (and the other gospels) as simply a narrative of Jesus’s amazing life. However, I choose to look at it from a different perspective. I see John’s gospel as a book of fulfilled promises. In this post, I want to take a look at the prolog, but to do that, I first need to take you back to the Old Testament for some background.
The entire Old Testament is essentially pointing to one key thing. As early as Genesis chapter 3 we can see that God is setting up a plan of redemption for his people. While it’s unclear how that will occur, it is obvious that it is coming. The details become a little clearer, or more confusing in Ezekiel chapter 34:11. God says, “I myself will search for my sheep.” This statement seems absolutely absurd. How will God himself be able to come to earth? It seems impossible. However, it may not be that absurd.
With those things in mind, I want to jump right back to the New Testament. This is where things start to get good. Johns begins his Gospel with the words, “in the beginning was the word, and the word was with God, and the word was God” (John 1:1). At first, this doesn’t seem at all profound. However, once we realize what john means by “The word”, everything changes. In this sense, john isn’t talking about writing, wisdom, or anything of the like. When John says “The Word” he literally means the one and only Jesus Christ. Not only was Jesus with God upon the foundation of the earth, but he was God. This gets even more profound in verse 14 when it says, “and the word became flesh” This word, Jesus Christ, God Himself, became flesh and dwelt among men. This is exactly what Ezekiel was talking about. God became flesh so that he himself could seek out his lost sheep. He became flesh so that we may receive his perfect grace. It is this grace that redeems us from all of our sins. It is this grace that fulfills the promise that God made with his creation as soon it fell to the darkness of sin.
For many, this is enough evidence to realize that God is faithful in all of his promises. However, for those who aren’t convinced, I would recommend taking a look at the Old Testament. Time after time the Old Testament records instances of God making promises, and subsequently fulfilling those promises. Once we realize that God is faithful to his word, we can then begin to find comfort in our trust in him. It allows us to put aside all of our fear because we know exactly how everything is going to play out. Nothing is able to stand in the way of God’s plan. Not us, not our sin, not even Satan. John 1:5 says, “The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.” That is because it cannot overcome it. Because of my trust in God, I know for certain that it will never overcome this light. Don’t let the broken promises in your life stop you from living in the comfort of God’s word. God is always faithful, all of the time. If you don’t believe me, just look for yourself.