Turbulent Time

The song "Silent Night" suggests that Jesus was born under peaceful and serene conditions. Nothing could be farther from the truth. Franz Gruber had his own circumstances in mind and not the conditions surrounding the Birth of our Lord and Savior. The Biblical accounts depict a time that was both, very disturbing and equally exciting. Neither of them happened under the cover of darkness.

All for Us

John, under the influence of the Holy Spirit - for no man can conceive such profoundness - wrote, "In the beginning was the Word (Logos), and the Word was with God, and the Word was God." "Through Him all things were made; without Him nothing was made." "In Him was life, and that life was the light of man. The light shines in the darkness, but the darkness has not understood it" (Jn.1: 1, 3-5). Genesis One has that God created everything by the "Dabar" or the "Logos" or the "Word." Jesus added, "...Before Abraham was born, I am!"(Jn.8: 58). "Jesus Christ is the same yesterday today and forever" (Heb.13: 8). And His promise, "For God so loved the world that He gave his one and only Son, that whosoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life" (Jn.3: 16).

Ready for Christmas?

The writer to the Hebrew told his readers, "let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us" (12: 1). And Jesus had the father about the lost son say this: "Quickly! Bring the best robe and put it on him. Put a ring on his finger and shoes on his feet" (Lk.15: 22).

A Remarkable Lady

Anna is one of the forgotten individuals in the Christmas account. She is barely mentioned on the outskirts of the famous. Nevertheless, she did get the attention of Luke who must have felt very comfortable in her presence, and so were all the priests and temple servants that worked with her. She was a pearl of a person. Being around her disclosed her nature that coincided with her name Anna or Grace (Lk.2: 36-38).

Can We See?

During the Christmas season, we hear much about angels, shepherds and wise men. Yet, none of them had a more personal revelation about the baby Jesus than Simeon (Lk.2: 25-35). No one could see into the future as he did. Luke tells us that he was just, devout and waiting for the Messiah. The Spirit of God assured him that he would meet the Anointed One. On the day that the parents presented Jesus in the Temple, Simeon was urged by the Spirit to be present at the dedication.

WE WERE

Jesus told the Jews "I tell you the truth, before Abraham was born, I am" (Jn.8: 58). The Apostle Paul informed the Ephesian Christians, "For He (God) chose us in Him (Christ) before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in His (God's) sight" (Eph.1: 4). During the creation of the world, "God said, 'Let us make man in our image, in our likeness,'" (Gen.1: 26). And Jesus added this: "Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world" (Mt.25: 34).