“Now Adonai said to Abram, “Get yourself out of your country, away from your kinsmen and away from your father’s house, and go the land I will show you. I will make of you a great nation, I will bless you, and I will make your name great; and you are to be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, but I will curse those who curse you; and by you all the families of the earth will be blessed.” – Genesis 12:1-3
This prophecy about Jesus is a little harder to indentify. However, it is hidden in the promise that Abram would become a great nation and all the people’s of the earth would be blessed through him. God asked Abram to leave his home and in response to his obedience God did three things for him. 1) He made him a great nation, 2) He blessed him, and 3) he made his name great.
God then told Abram to “be a blessing.” What is interesting here is God had given Abram the tools to be the blessing in response to his obedience. God gave the command and supplied the resources to fulfill it. All God. All the time.
Then, God gave Abram a second set of blessings. 1) God would bless those who bless Abram, 2) he would curse those who would treat him lightly, and 3) he would bless all the families of the earth through him.
And it’s in the 3rd promise we find the prophecy we hold so tightly to during this season. All families of the earth would be blessed through the line and lineage of Abram. Matthew later tells us Jesus is the descendant of Abram. As a matter of fact, the fulfillment of ‘all families of the earth will be blessed’ find its rest in the personage of Jesus.
The Apostle Paul later clarifies this in his letter to the Galatians. Here is what he says…
“Now the promises made to Abraham and to his seed. It doesn’t say, “and to seeds,” as if to many; on the contrary, it speaks of one – “and to your seed” – and this “one” is the Messiah. – Galatians 3:16
Through the seed of Abraham came salvation for everyone. He asked for Abraham’s obedience and then God did everything else. The call for us today is the same. God asks of us to just simply say ‘yes’ to what he is asking us to do. After that, God does everything else. Salvation came because God wanted it to happen. Freedom came because God made it right. Christmas comes because God wanted it to. It’s not based on anything we have done or can do or will do. Our response is a humble yes, and everything God has already done.
Jesus is the blessing for everyone. The Messiah who was promised to come and who came to fix what we could not.
How wonderful a thought is it to know that salvation came not because of what did or didn’t do. It came in spite of us. We can’t earn it and we can’t lose it. It is grace, the free and unmerited favor of God.
This Christmas season, find peace in the knowledge that Jesus gave you everything simply because he wanted to.