When I was nine or ten, I was more excited about Halloween than I had ever been. I lived in a country neighborhood, so trick or treating was not stellar. There was candy available, but it was spread out. A friend said her mom was taking her to a place with more houses and better candy. She promised to come pick me up to take me there with her. I was so excited. I was ready and waiting in my costume before she was scheduled to arrive. So I sat in my living room and waited.
… and waited… and waited… until I realized… she wasn’t coming. I was forgotten.
I sat in my living room, drenching my costume in tears. I couldn’t bring myself to go trick or treating by myself. I just stayed home and handed our candy out to the other kids.
Nothing feels worse than being on the bad end of a broken promise.
Isaiah and Jeremiah are filled with God’s judgment against a people who had strayed from him. They are filled with bad news of exile. Jewish readers and listeners might protest by saying,
“But what about Your promises? How can you remove these kings from their thrones when you promised that a descendant of David would always reign?”
God answers that question with the Messiah.
“The days are coming,” declares the LORD, “when I will raise up for David a righteous Branch, a King who will reign wisely and do what is just and right in the land.
In his days Judah will be saved and Israel will live in safety. This is the name by which he will be called: The LORD Our Righteous Savior. – Jeremiah 23:5-6
God is removing David’s descendant from the throne in Jeremiah’s time, but He has not forgotten. The exile will not be forever. The Messiah will come- the descendant of David- the worthy and righteous King.
God does not forget His promises.
With the first Advent of Christ, the descendant of David, God sends Our Righteous Savior.
… if anybody does sin, we have an advocate with the Father—Jesus Christ, the Righteous One. He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world. – 1 John 2:1b-2
Christ is the righteous Messiah who saves us from our sins. God’s promise of restored relationship is fulfilled.
With the second Advent of Christ, more of God’s promises will be fulfilled. Things will be made right once and for all. Christ will reign wisely as King and do what is just.
We look forward to this day.
But how do we know it is true? It has been over 2000 years since Christ’s first Advent. Will He really come again?
Above all, you must understand that in the last days scoffers will come, scoffing and following their own evil desires. They will say, “Where is this ‘coming’ he promised?... But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day. The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance. -2 Peter 3:3-4a, 8-9
God has a plan. Everything is happening within the timeline He has set forth. He has not forgotten us. He will return again when the time is right.
In the meantime
So then, dear friends, since you are looking forward to this, make every effort to be found spotless, blameless and at peace with him. – 2 Peter 3:14
We are not forgotten. The Messiah will return.