“Dad? I’m going to need something for school.”
My daughter and I were driving in the car, headed for a school event. “Sure sweetheart. What do you need?”
“Ummm…it’s a new laptop computer.” As if she were anticipating my objection, she added, “I didn’t want to ask you because I know it is expensive.”
I nodded. “It is expensive but it’s for school, right?”
“Yes.” My daughter was the editor-in-chief of her school yearbook and her laptop was an indispensable tool. I knew her laptop was breaking down since it was now over five years old.
“When we come home tonight, let’s go online and select a laptop that will make you happy.”
“Thanks, Dad!” I smiled as I remembered my own father’s words.
“You know, sweetheart. Your Grandpa always told me that if I needed something for school, he would never hesitate to get it for me. It wasn’t always easy for him to do this. He was a single father raising me and supporting both your Grandma and my sister, but he did it and sacrificed to make sure we received a good education.” My daughter politely listened as I continued.
“Yes, sweetheart. Grandpa kept his promise to me and my sister, just as he told me. I promise to do the same for you and your brother. I hope someday you will be able to do the same for your children.”
But go, tell his disciples and Peter that he is going before you to Galilee. There you will see him, just as he told you.”
Mark 16:7 (ESV)
“Just as He told you.”
Jesus promised His disciples that He would be resurrected and return to them after He died on the Cross. It was a promise that, at that moment, seemed utterly impossible to keep. It was a promise made by their teacher whom they followed for the past three years. Their faith was expanded by His unique teachings. They witnessed miraculous healings. But this promise? How could someone return from the dead? How indeed!
My father kept his promise to me and I seek to keep this same promise for my own children. Although I may fail, Jesus never fails to keep His promise of salvation and eternal life for all those who place their trust in Him through faith and belief in His name. Jesus kept His promise with His own life, just as He told us.
A promise kept.
Thank you Lord Jesus, for your eternal sacrifice of love and mercy.
Love and trust the Lord; seek His will in your life.