A Word of Thanks from Pastor Jeff

Thank you so much for the way you have welcomed my family to Eastern Hills! So many of you have helped us move, paint, mowed our lawn, brought food, and offered so many words of encouragement! We are so excited to be here in Montgomery and even more excited for what God is going to do in this city through His church gathered at Eastern Hills Baptist!! 

I want to share with you a truth that has been so real in my life over the past few months as I have made the move to Eastern Hills.  God is faithful and His promises are true! This is no earth-shattering truth.  In fact, this is a very fundamental truth of who God is, but if you are anything like me, I tend to forget the things that God has done for me, especially when life gets hard.  

I was reminded of this truth just this past week in one simple verse. This verse begins the gospel of Matthew and is probably a verse most of us have skimmed over or skipped over as we jump past the account of the genealogy of Jesus.  

Matthew 1:1, “The record of the genealogy of Jesus the Messiah, the son of David, the son of Abraham” (NASB)

Do not miss the punch this verse packs!  Matthew’s gospel is written with the obvious intention of helping the Jewish people understand Jesus is Messiah and that He is a part of God’s covenantal history with His people. For Matthew to begin his account with the genealogy of Jesus and to call Him the son of David and the son of Abraham, is a clear reminder of the promise long ago that One would come to be the Savior of the world- The Messiah.  

In Genesis 12:1-3, God makes a covenant with Abraham that he would become a great nation and that through him all the families of the earth will be blessed. This blessing of all the families comes through Jesus.  In 2 Samuel 7:8-17, God makes a covenant with David that his house and his kingdom shall endure forever and that his throne shall be established forever. Jesus is the one who will sit on the throne forever! In Matthew 1:1, Jesus is called Messiah, the son of David, and the son of Abraham and this should remind us that God is faithful and His promises are true!              

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