God is With Us

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Matthew 1:23 “Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel,”[a] which is translated, “God with us.”

It is because He is with us, very much alive, active and involved in every facet of the universe – His birth and life having turned the world upside-down (Acts 17:5-7) – that men continue to be stirred up and divided for or against Him. If it were not so, if He were a dead god, like all the other idols of this world, worshiped in ignorance (Acts 17:22-23), then Christmas, would not be filled with controversy – atheists protesting nativities, red and white candy cane colors claimed as being too religious, and Christian store employees dressing up like Jesus Christ, complete with a crown of thorns.

Atheists protesting a manger display at Washington State’s capital, erected signs which read, in part: “There is only our natural world. Religion is but myth and superstition that hardens hearts and enslaves minds.”

Either they are certifiably insane, in need of immediate medication and possibly confinement as they are battling against nonexistent entities – figments of their imaginations – or they are compelled to tell the truth about a real Power. Romans 1:20-32 holds the answer.

The one and only Creator of this universe, has revealed Himself (Psalm 19:1-2, Romans 1:20), so that even His most outspoken opponents are drawn to Him, to their bitter dismay, proclaiming His Lordship over their lives. For it is His power that turns their minds over to their depravity. (Rom 1:28)

Let us (Rom 8:9) not continue to behave, when taunted by those who are condemned (John 3:18) as if the removal of worldly icons and symbols – Christmas trees, decorations, public manger displays, and candy-cane colors, all of which will someday be burned to cinders and dust – that their loss would reduce, or, even more absurdly, destroy our faith in Him.

Just as atheists are drawn to professing knowledge of Him, without the material entanglements of the traditions of man, how much more so should we, those who proclaim with our mouths that He alone is Lord, (Rom 10:8-14), watch our doctrine more closely, monitoring whether or not we have been lured into a trap of only feeling passion and commitment to Him when it is in defense against a world behaving badly, threatening to take our “holiday” toys away. Let’s do a better job at remembering, that when the world – the lost – behave in rebellion, which is the only way they can behave, we should not see their behavior as demands or threats on of against us, but only as confirmation that He lives.

Whoever believes in Him will not be disappointed. (Rom 8:11)

Rejoice in the ultimate gift – our Savior’s birth!

-Sharon

One Solitary Life
By Rev. James Allan Francis

He was born in an obscure village,
a child of a peasant woman.
He grew up in another obscure village
where he worked in a carpenter shop
until he was thirty.
Then for three year
she was an itinerant preacher.
He never had a family.
Or owned a home.
He never set foot inside a big city.
He never traveled two hundred miles
from the place he was born.
He never wrote a book
or held an office.
He did none of the things
that usually accompany greatness.
While he was still a young man,
the tide of popular opinion
turned against him.
His friends deserted him.
He was turned over to his enemies.
He went through the mockery of a trial.
He was nailed to a cross
between two thieves.
While he was dying
his executioners gambled
for the only piece of property he had,
his coat.
When he was dead,
he was taken down
and laid in a borrowed grave.

Nineteen centuries have come and gone
and today he is still the central figure
for much of the human race.
All the armies that ever marched,
All the navies that ever sailed
And all the parliaments that ever sat
And all the kings that ever reigned
Put together
have not affect the life of man
Upon this earth

As powerfully as this
One Solitary Life.

“The Real Jesus and Other Sermons”

Published in 1926 by Judson Press in Philadelphia (p. 123-124 “Arise Sir Knight!”).

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Revelation – Divine Self-Disclosure

Heresy and Those Who Deny Christ

God Owes Us Nothing


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