Memory Verse: Christmas 2019
Matthew 2:2 "Where is he that is born King of the Jews?"
I love to watch the night move from darkness into the light of day.
It reminds me of what Jesus did for me on the 4th of July, 1972, when He called me out of darkness into His marvelous light.
I woke this Christmas morning and waited for the sun to rise, and saw a lot of foggy haze. I felt it was appropriate for this day and the coming year.
We have a divided land, with many united in the hatred of one man. There has been an uptick of unrest and violence, very close to what I saw in the years of the Vietnam nightmare, about the time I came out of darkness into light.
I also see an undercurrent of hatred toward the Biblical standards of right and wrong. Many in power know that if you can break the standards laid out by God in His Word, you can create any standard you choose.
Many years ago, wise men came to the very land of the Messiah, asking where they might find the King of the Jews. The leadership at the time saw the implications of the new king, and stopped at nothing to cut off the possibility of someone who would change their way of life into the one aligned with God, even to the slaughtering of babies to make sure that they got the One who was to take the throne of David.
Sounds familiar, doesn't it?
Yet, out of that darkness came a Great Light, prophesied centuries before. And that Light came into the world, and the world knew Him not, and slaughtered Him.
But of course, God the Son rose from the grave and ascended into Heaven, leaving us with a commission to spread His light to this dark world.
And at the fullness of time He will return and every eye will see Him in His glory.
But now we look through a dim lens, as the fog I see this Christmas morning. And we do not know what the next year will bring, whether a step closer to the Light, or a step further into darkness.
My hope and prayer is that He will break forth, and His heavenly light will scatter the darkness and fill us with His glorious Presence.
For me, that would be the greatest gift of all.
Come quickly Jesus.
And to the readers, please:
Today if you hear His voice, harden not your heart.
For you, that will be the greatest gift of all.