Pastor's Corner

30 Nov
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Mid-Week Challenge

Now that Thanksgiving is behind us it is time to climb into the attic and pull down the Christmas decorations.  When the lights, tree and wreath are in place we then move on to the greatest of traditions: the family Christmas card.  Many of us flip through the photos of the past year looking for a captured event that will impress our friends! Since most of us have never jumped out of an airplane or scaled Mt. Everest we have to settle for the traditional beach shot or one of the family pet.  Looking to bring back memories of the past, I have seen an uptick in the use of classic Biblical scenes.   Classic artwork such as Mary and Joseph, the Wise Men, even the shepherds keeping watch over their flocks by night.  

In an attempt to bring a little shock value to the holidays, Doctors of the World, UK division www.doctorsoftheworld.org.uk will offer Christmas cards with war scenes imposed onto the nativity.  The charity said the cards were not designed to make a religious statement but to remind people of wars that rage around the world. http://www.christiantoday.com/article/alternative.christmas.cards.combine.war.scenes.with.traditional.nativity/102481.htm

Judge for yourself by checking out their website but I think these folks make the mistake that most of the people in the world do when reading the Christmas story in Luke 2. 

Luke 2:10 & 14. And the angel said to them, "Be not afraid; for behold, I bring you good news of a great joy which will come to all the people;…."Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among men with whom He is pleased!"

For some reason the world reads this encounter with the angelic host to mean that Jesus was bringing peace on earth among the people.  What these folks fail to realize is that Jesus did not come to bring peace among men, but peace with God.  Of course, God desires peace among people, but this was not the message of the angelic host. The phrase, “peace and goodwill” expresses God’s heart and intent towards people. God had been at war with man’s sin since the Garden of Eden. With the arrival of Jesus the Messiah that war was almost over! The very source of the conflict between man and God has always been sin.  Now at the arrival of the Savior the angels were rejoicing.   This angelic host understood what was taking place and they were ecstatic about what their Creator was doing. Their message was to help us understand what was happening, but somewhere many missed the message.

From the time of Adam and Eve we as fallen creatures have sought to blame our troubles on someone else.  Adam pointed to Eve, Eve to the serpent and so the pattern continues.  For some reason our world wants to blame God for the lack of peace among people but nowhere does He promise us this.  What He does is remind us that the source of all conflict is sin and the source of eternal salvation is only through Jesus. 

This Christmas season don’t miss the opportunity to share real peace with someone you know. 

"I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world."  John 16:33

Serving the Savior

 Bro. Jonathan

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