Now the birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise: When as his mother Mary was espoused to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Ghost. (Matthew 1:18)
As the journey to Bethlehem is once again reenacted in the hearts of God's faithful, at this holiday season, it seems as though two celebrations are taking place under the same banner.
The hopeful that await eternal life, are truly thanking their heavenly Father for his gift of love to the whole world. The holy Child Jesus to them is a King, Lord, Master, the great physician, Messiah, the holy one of Israel and life incarnate. Finding it a most reasonable vocation to love and serve him daily.
On the other hand many are void of this understanding. It's no wonder Jesus instructed us to be a light unto this world.
Can you think of a better time to turn up the glow? But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth. (Acts 1:8). Can you imagine that; the same Holy Ghost! Praise the Lord!
For ever, O Lord, thy word is settled in heaven. (Psalm 119:89)
As we approach the holiday called Christmas, I cannot help but think how man's appetite changes for a season. The hustle and bustle of merchandising, along with other rituals, seems to come alive with fervent energy. All well and good; yet right under the noses of all is the word of God made flesh.(John 1:14). There are so many needs in so many lives that are void of the reality, "for GOD so loved the world."
How many people do you know that have celebrated Christmas man's way year after year and have not come into the knowledge of the Scriptures? Toiling to get the right present, decorating to appeal to the outward senses. Trying to create an atmosphere of goodwill toward men, peace on earth and so on. However, when all is said and done, the word of God is the only settling comfort that brings heaven to earth! Yes,three hundred sixty five days a year, believers celebrate in spirit and in truth the Christmas holiday! How good is that? Praise the Lord!
But, Jesus answered and said, "It is written, man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God." (Matthew 4:4).
One may say, "Where do I find these words?" "How is it possible to live by them?" After all, these are the very words of Almighty God himself; who is the architect and designer of everything we see, feel and touch. Also, with everything that cannot be seen or embraced in our past, present and future. Can you imagine that? Words that are inhabited by the Spirit of God; for all Scripture is given by inspiration of God. ( 2 Timothy 3:16)
We are brought to the Bible, "the word of God!" After close examination we find that the word of God takes on another remarkable transformation; the transformation, the man Jesus Christ! And the Word was made flesh and dwelt among us. (John 1:14) If that were not enough, this word of God, that has taken flesh can not only dwell in you; but must dwell in you! Let the word of God dwell in you richly. (Colossians 3:16). All of this seems to expound to more words that have proceeded out of the mouth of God; the word of wisdom, the word of knowledge and prophecy. (1 Corinthians 12:8&10). As we enlarge the word of God, Jesus said, " My sheep here my voice." (John 10:27)
Here is the key to all of this. In a parable concerning life after death, Jesus told about a rich man and a beggar named Lazarus.(Luke 16:20). The rich man managed to find himself in hell.Being in torment, he greatly desired that his brothers, who were still alive in this world, would not find themselves in this place of torment, evading their inevitable placement. He pleads, "Father Abraham, if one went unto them from the dead, they will repent." God's responds, "if they hear not Moses and the prophets (God's words) neither will they be persuaded though one arose from the dead."
What do you think? Should you and I read our Bibles and asked Father God for help to live the same? You be the judge. Praise the Lord!
And when one of them that sat at meat with Jesus heard those things, he said unto him, "Blessed is he that shall eat bread in the kingdom of God." (Luke 14:15)
Jesus had been sharing parables of the future of all mankind; talking about the resurrection of the just. How Father God would recompense all who served and labored for the kingdom of God. Pointing out the immeasurable difference between God's values and man's. Then like a bolt of lightning, it hits you; that there is a kingdom of God! The world we live in seems to manipulate, even to the extent of obscuring, the reality of the existence of another world. Jesus, time and time again, not only talked about its existence; but demonstrated the same. He showed that it could alter, change, refashion, communicate with, even create any and all physical resources in this realm.
Yes someday your eyes will see the physical kingdom of God in all its beauty. A city one half the size of the USA; its height and width being the same. God himself, along with the Lord Jesus will be among its eternal inhabitants.
Today we can experience the kingdom of God within us. A reflecting bond of the citizenship you are entitled to because your name is written in "the book of life". Can you imagine that? Sitting at a table, enjoying a meal, walking, talking, living, breathing and engaging in social habits that includes Father God, the Lord Jesus and untold numbers of brethren in a refreshing sinless society. Well, don't imagine, it's true! Praise the Lord!
Dr. Thomas Snyder