Every night about 8:00 pm the same thing happens! Like clockwork around that time the founder of Summer’s Best Two Weeks, Jim Welch, leaves his house and strolls down the road to the SB2W office. Trailing behind him is always a faithful shadow by the name of PJ. PJ is Jim’s dog, a black lab. Both of them are a picture of faithfulness. Jim is diligently faithful about walking down just to check in at the office every night, and PJ is his faithful companion. Some of you have dogs at home. You know just how faithful a dog can be. They are known for their faithful commitment to their masters.
Summer’s Best Two Weeks is squarely in Steelers country. Virtually everyone in our community is a Steelers fan. For many of them, missing a game on TV is unthinkable. The chances that this next fall they would stop rooting for the Steelers and instead start rooting for the Patriots is about as unlikely as some of you Romans switching to the Galatian team next summer, or vice versa. The point is it’s not going to happen. Why? Because they are faithful fans, or in your case because you are faithful to your team.
These are just a couple strong examples of faithfulness. However, these examples of faithfulness pale in comparison to the faithfulness of God. Very early in the story of humanity a man named Adam and a woman named Eve disobeyed God. Their disobedience resulted in humanity’s continual failure to live obediently. Instead of faithfulness to God, we as humans are constantly unfaithful. The serpent’s lies that tripped up Adam and Eve continue to wreak havoc in our lives as well. However, God made a promise, a promise regarding the problem that Eve’s offspring would have with the serpent and his lies. God promised that one day one of her offspring would do something remarkable. Go ahead and read this promise from God from Genesis 3:15. God said to the devil,
“I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers; he will crush your head, and you will strike his heel.”
God promised that a man from Eve’s offspring would deliver a deathblow to Satan. This serpent would be dealt with in a once-and-for-all way. So was God faithful to this promise. Has God been faithful to Adam and Eve’s offspring? Has God done what He said He would do? On this day, Good Friday, we remember Christ’s work on the cross. What Jesus was doing on that cross 2000 years ago was dealing Satan a deathblow, crushing his head. Christ did this by paying the price for our sin. On the cross, Christ took the punishment we deserved upon himself. He gave His life so that we might have life. Listen to how the author Hebrews describes it:
“Since therefore the children share in flesh and blood, he himself likewise partook of the same things, that through death he might destroy the one who has the power of death, that is, the devil, and deliver all those who through fear of death were subject to lifelong slavery.” Hebrews 2:14-15
Since we share in the flesh and blood of Adam and Eve, Christ also became like us, a human, in order that he might destroy the devil and the devil’s power. So that we might be delivered from our slavery to sin and with Christ be raised to new and everlasting life. That is the faithfulness of our God. God said He was going to do it. He promised it from the beginning. On this day, we rejoice in God’s faithfulness to us and we exalt God’s fulfilling his promise by sending His Son to the cross for our sake.