I want to greet you on this Lord’s Day in the name of our Triune God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
In John Bunyan’s classic story, Pilgrim’s Progress, we find Christian at some point along his journey venturing off the path and being imprisoned by the Giant Despair at Doubting Castle. Every day he was beaten and mocked, for despair is a cruel enemy of the heart and doubt is a terrible dungeon of the mind.
His companion in the prison was Hopeful, and his friendship sustained Christian during his great suffering. There was no way of escape until Christian remembered a key in his pocket. It was a key that had been with him all along. The key was called Promise and it held the power to release him from the tyranny of Despair.
Our Triune God has called each of us here today that we might again be reminded of the precious promises made to us in His Word and experience the hope and freedom He gives His children. We have gathered to sing the promises, pray the promises, and preach the promises. We have gathered to look once more upon the Risen Savior- his life, death, and resurrection. For all the promises of God are “Yes!” and “Amen!” in Christ Jesus. AMEN.