"If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children: how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him?" (Matthew 7:11)
It is the Holiday Season 2013 when the Christians, who are still in the world their father created, celebrate the birth of Yeshua Mashiach or Jesus Christ. We are in the mass minority of those that believe wholeheartedly that our country, the United States, was founded as a Christian nation. I say this to encourage you.
What everyone should celebrate is the incredible lengths God has gone to in providing salvation for His creation. From Genesis 1 to Revelation 22, the epic love story and courtship between a sovereign God and His rebellious offspring unfolds. The greatest evil, who is a master a betrayals, revenge, lies, and deceptions all emanate from the Prince of Darkness.
When Jesus Christ was born of a virgin, he fulfilled some 400 Old Testament prophecies that all pointed to the Messiah. What a miracle. What an event. He lived some 33 years with the last three years of His ministry before His death, burial, and resurrection, changed the world forever. The Magi of Babylonia came to see the promised Messiah, probably as a result of Daniel's time there and the writings he left behind, in the fall of the year.
By the way, the party of the Magi had hundreds, even thousands, of people, camels, carts, food, weapons, and treasure. They could not have traveled in December as we have been told. It was more than likely prior to October. I suspect it was near the date of the 2nd of August (the 9th of Tisha B'Av) for many reasons, but this is not the story here.
We celebrate it in the winter. The date we celebrate it is not as important as the world, you and me keeping in mind the ultimate sacrifice God made in coming down to His creation, born in the line of David from a virgin. Have you ever considered sacrificing you son for any reason? I have not, and more than like you would venture not either.
But God, who is all knowing and all righteous, knew that the only way He could repair the damage introduced by sin and the Prince of Darkness, was to repair it Himself as the final sacrifice for mankind’s sin. It is this Superman who we all celebrate the birth of, that was rejected by His own; Luke 19:42 is a point where spiritual blindness was pronounced on His own chosen people.
But not forever, however, that blindness will last until the fullness of the Gentiles comes in just before the revealing of the Antichrist. Paul clearly laid this out in Romans 11:25:
“I want you to know my brethren, this mystery, lest you would be wise in your own opinion, that blindness of heart has for a little time come to Israel until the fullness of the Gentiles will come in.”
I believe we are the generation that may very well be the one Paul was talking about. If I'm right, we are also the generation that Christ is going to rapture very soon, as soon as Romans 11.25 is fulfilled, and the last saint that God had preordained has been born again.
We need to be extra sharp and motivated until that time. To bring the truth to those around us who may be lost and deceived is a duty for every Christian. Who knows, the Holy Spirit may use you to bring in the last one to salvation before the rapture.
Now wouldn't that be something? But for now, enjoy this time of peace and safety with your family; and don't forget to bring praise, honor, and glory to the King of Kings, and the Lord of Lords, Jesus Christ whose birth we now celebrate.
UPDATE: The Saint Johns Valley has about 6-10 inches of snow on the ground with a high today of 0 degrees with snow flurries on and off. Heavier snow will come later this week on Sunday and Monday. So there is no problem for a white Christmas here. Where ever you are, I hope you and your family have a blessed Merry Christmas and God's continued blessings for a Christ filled 2014.