The Ultimate Promise

I’ve broken promises.

One that haunts me is a promise that I made to our daughter when she was about 11 years old. I told her that I would pick her up when the library closed. Unfortunately, the library closed 30 minutes before I thought it closed. It was raining that night. I was horrified when I pulled up to the darkened library and there she was standing and waiting. That broken promise has haunted me for decades. She doesn’t remember the incident.

“If you eat all your dinner, you can have ice cream for desert.” A promise that’s easy to keep.

“For richer, for poorer. In sickness and in health. ‘Til death do us part.” A stronger promise. Really a covenant. It’s harder to keep.

God made the ultimate Promise.

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But the Cross!

In the middle of Israel’s oppression and distress, God sent His own Son into the world. He taught with authority, and wherever He walked, miracles happened. Followers and believers were convinced that Jesus was the Messiah who would establish His reign on earth and free them of their troubles.

But the cross.

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What Love Looks Like

After supper, Jesus poured water into a basin, laid aside His garments and began to wash the feet of His disciples, John 13:5.

Jewish teachers would never ask their disciples to wash feet. Love turned these traditions upside down and dropped to His knees to wash the disciples’ feet.

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