Back when I still lived at home with my parents and brothers, I was tasked with watching my baby brother, Luke while my parents went to the grocery store.
Luke, 2, was pretty easy to watch as a kid, but this day he was especially tough because of a cake that he wanted really badly.
I told him, “No”, over and over again until I finally just made him promise me that he would not eat any of the cake until mom and dad got home, AND if he did, then I would let him have TWO pieces of cake.
He agreed to the promise.
We were watching Bubble Guppies in my room when, as interesting as Bubble Guppies was, I fell asleep.
I woke up to my baby brother eating the cake on the floor behind the kitchen island.
I asked him what he was doing, and he just looked really sad.
But then the thought crossed my mind and so I asked Luke, “Hey buddy, do you know what a promise is?”
Luke shook his head no.
The promise was a good promise, but Luke was unable to uphold his end of the promise because he did not know what a promise was.
You and I are like Luke in this story, except we know exactly what a promise is.
You see, whether we realize it or not, we are in a promise-relationship with God the Father. God promises to bless us if we obey, but we disobey.
God saw that our current promise was not going to work because of the human agent, so he stepped in and became the fulfillment of the promise on our behalf.
How? Listen to Sunday’s sermon to find out!