As we head into this Christmas season, I wanted to take some time to focus on the true reason for the season—the birth of Jesus Christ, the Son of God, our Redeemer and coming King.
It is truly amazing to me to see how quickly long-accepted and cherished truths and traditions are being rejected and transformed to accommodate the decaying moral culture and so-called political correctness of our day.
I grew up in a time when Christmas was a national celebration of the birth of Jesus and the atmosphere at that time of year was permeated with Christmas carols and nativity scenes alongside all the Santa Claus stuff. Schools proudly staged performances in which the students reenacted the Christmas story and sang carols to the delight of family and friends.
I believe the founders of our nation who crafted the constitution would be appalled to see how their words have been tortured to support judicial rulings that have resulted in an ongoing erosion and elimination of the very freedoms it was crafted to protect. Our founders intended for us to have the freedom to worship God as we please without the interference of the government. The ruling elite in America today are doing their best to eliminate the influence of God and his word in our society.
I am reminded of the words of Jesus as He taught His disciples regarding the days before His return: Matthew 24:-11-12 “…many false prophets will appear and deceive many people. Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold….” (NIV)
God is the source of all true love; so it is no wonder to me that as the time approaches for the Lord’s return, society is becoming morally decadent as His truth is rejected and false teaching is embraced by the masses.
In spite of the declaration by many today that truth is relative, that just is not true. Truth is by definition a statement of fact or actuality. Whether or not one chooses to accept truth does not change its reality.
There are many today who refuse to accept God’s word as declared in scripture as true. At some point in the future, these people will find themselves face-to-face before the Lord in fear and trembling because of their rejection of that truth.
God has announced His Being through His creation so clearly and abundantly that scripture declares that men will stand before Him without excuse if they choose to reject that testimony.
Romans 1:18–21 “For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness;
Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them. For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse: Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.”
Today, more than ever before, scientific studies are revealing more and more regarding the power, intelligence and wisdom of our Creator.
The computer has basically joined mankind once again in a common language, and the call for a one-world government is getting louder and louder. I am reminded of God’s words in Genesis when describing His thoughts regarding man’s accomplishments at the tower of Babel.
Genesis 11:6 “And the LORD said, Behold, the people is one, and they have all one language; and this they begin to do: and now nothing will be restrained from them, which they have imagined to do.”
This is another reason why I feel the time is short. God confused the languages to thwart man’s rebellion at Babel. This time I believe that He is allowing mankind to make the advances necessary to prepare for the coming one-world ruler commonly known as the Antichrist, Satan’s ultimate deceiver. This leader will actually control the known world for 3.5 years before the Lord Jesus returns as King to destroy His enemies and establish His kingdom. The control he is able to establish will be made possible by the technological advances of our time.
Because God knew all before creating one thing (awesome truth to ponder), He declared His love for us by formulating a plan for our redemption before we ever sinned. His plan is so radical and beyond our understanding that people stumble in the light of its truth.
Man needed a perfect, willing sacrifice to suffer the judgment of our sin. It was man that sinned, and it was man that had to be judged for that sin.
Romans 5:12 “Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned….”
Since the sin nature of man is inherited through the Father, only a man born of a virgin could qualify as that sacrifice. Not only would he have to be born of a virgin, he would have to live a life without sin in complete submission and obedience to God. In God’s wisdom He decided to send His only Son to be born of a virgin and live as a man without sin to qualify as that sacrifice.
(to be continued…)