JESUS IS YOUR GUARANTEE – HIS PROMISES

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JESUS IS YOUR GUARANTEE – HIS PROMISES

In Part One, the credibility of Jesus and of God were established. God is certainly our creator. So now that we have established God’s credentials, we should establish His heart. Is He really for us? Does He really understand us? Is He really willing to fix us?

We can understand the heart of God by looking at who Jesus is for Jesus came from God. Jesus was also God. For if the Word was with God, and the Word was God (John 1:1); “And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.” (John 1:14), Jesus is God and He came from God. So it only stands to reason that all that He is reflects God’s own heart. Proverbs confirms this.

“When He assigned to the sea its limit,
So that the waters would not transgress His command,
When He marked out the foundations of the earth,
Then I was beside Him as a master craftsman;
And I was daily His delight,
Rejoicing always before Him,
Rejoicing in His inhabited world,
And my delight was with the sons of man.” Proverbs 8:29-31

So Jesus delighted God. Jesus too was with God. And Jesus made us because when He was beside God, He was a master craftsman. And finally, Jesus says,

“I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.” John 8:12

So Jesus is in God because,

“In Him was life, and the life was the light of men.” John 1:4

Now with these credentials, who can dispute the strength of Jesus’ guarantee?

So what are the terms of the guarantee? What does Jesus want to do for us? Let us begin with who we are to Him.

“And my delight was with the sons of man.” Proverbs 8:31

As much as Jesus is God’s delight, we are Jesus’ delight. Jesus loves us, we are His delight. So how can anyone give bad things to the ones He loves? So what are His plans?

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declared the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11 [NIV]

The New King James Version translates it like this,

“For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.” Jeremiah 29:11

So right off the mark is prosperity, protection, peace, hope and a future. Isn’t that such a comfort to behold?

Now through the other messages, many of Jesus’ promises have been revealed but here is perhaps the one that makes the most direct reference to blessings in practical aspects of our lives.

“And all these blessings shall come upon you and overtake you, because you obey the voice of the Lord your God:
Blessed shall you be in the city, and blessed shall you be in the country.
Blessed shall be the fruit of your body, the produce of your ground and the increase of your herds; the increase of your cattle and the offspring of your flocks.
Blessed shall be your basket and your kneading bowl.
Blessed shall you be when you come in, and blessed shall you be when you go out.
The Lord will cause your enemies who rise against you to be defeated before your face; they shall come out against you one way and flee before you seven ways.
The Lord will command the blessing on you in your storehouses and in all to which you set your hand, and He will bless you in the land which the Lord your God is giving you.
The Lord will establish you as a holy people to Himself, just as He has sworn to you, if you keep the commandments of the Lord your God and walk in His ways.
Then all the peoples of the earth shall see that you are called by the name of the Lord, and they shall be afraid of you.
And the Lord will grant you plenty of goods, in the fruit of your body, in the increase of your livestock, and in the produce of your ground, in the land of which the Lord swore to your fathers to give you.
The Lord will open to you His good treasure, the heavens, to give the rain to your land in its season, and to bless all the work of your hand.
You shall lend to many nations and not borrow.
And the Lord will make you the head and not the tail; you shall be above only, and not beneath, if you heed the commandments of the Lord your God, which I command you today, and are careful to observe them. So you shall not turn aside from any of the words which I command you this day, to the right or the left, to go after other gods to serve them.” Deuteronomy 28:1-14

You can almost imagine this being printed in legal font, signed and sealed, can’t you? But what a contract. Blessed wherever we go, in whatever we do. Blessed financially, protected, never humiliated, always lifted up. And most importantly, redeemed.

Now many get carried away with the following and miss out on all the blessings that come before.

“if you heed the commandments of the Lord your God, which I command you today, and are careful to observe them. So you shall not turn aside from any of the words which I command you this day, to the right or the left, to go after other gods to serve them.” Deuteronomy 28:13-14

Because of these statements, they feel they are now disqualified from enjoying this guarantee because they have sinned against God. Friend, if you feel that way, remember the words of Isaiah,

“Surely He has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; yet we esteemed Him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted. But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; the chastisement for our peace was upon Him, and by His stripes we are healed.” Isaiah 53:4-5

Jesus has borne that very sin that you thought was hindering you from Him, on the cross. That very thing you did which you thought wronged God and so separated you from His love, He bore its penalty on that cross. He did all that so that we don’t have to. He did all that so that we can have a right relationship with God. He did all that so that the apostle Paul can say,

“Therefore there is now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death. For what the law could not do in that it was weak through the flesh, God did by sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, on account of sin: He condemned sin in the flesh, that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.” Romans 8:1-4

God knows that our flesh is weak, so He supplied the ultimate guarantee, Jesus. So that by His death, He took the punishment, in full, for all our sins, past, present and future; and by His rising, delivered us all from the hands of the evil one.

Yes, your sins needed to be punished. No doubt about that. But Jesus did that already for you. And because of who He is, His guarantee of salvation for you is more iron clad that any other guarantee in the world. So now, He has redeemed you and made you eligible for His promises. Isn’t that wonderful?

Friend, Jesus is your guarantee. And He has guaranteed good things for you. Won’t you take Him up on His promise?

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