No, I’m not about to quote from some Catholic book.
But we’re coming into the time of year where we reflect upon the purpose of Jesus Christ coming to earth, and taking on a human body. He knew, and was aware, every day of His life, that the time was coming that He would die for us.
Really, as I read the Gospels now, I am aware of this more and more. And I can see the evidence of it in how the Lord addressed people. It’s almost as if, by the second year of ministry, you can tell He is dealing with some emotion on this. “I show you all these miracles, and taught you in the markets, and still you will not believe.”
It’s like today. 2,000 years later, the Bible is the biggest selling book in the world. There are churches on every street corner in the United States. There is Christian influences in every part of our society.
And our society is striving to purge those elements from its society as quickly as possible. They’re finally found ways to “legally” persecute Christians, by suing them at every opportunity.
“And still ye will not believe.”
Thanks to the efforts of the Charlie Brown Christmas special, literally, every person was presented with the lead-up to the Gospel. We’ve grown up with it. Jew, Gentile alike, if you’re American, you’ve seen it at last once, and more likely, up to 30 times. I’ve seen it almost every year I’ve been alive.
“and still ye will not believe.”
Easter is a big part of America, even though we’ve tried to corrupt it to being about candy, eggs and rabbits. Yet to Christians, it’s Resurrection Sunday, and we dwell on one simple, historical fact – “He is not here, for He is risen.”
Two holidays, forcing a simple witness. And of course, so many of my readers put up signs saying “HAPPY BIRTHDAY JESUS CHRIST” at this time of year. Good job!
“And still ye will not believe.”
THe bottom line is this – we are grimly determined to run ourselves into the ground. We are determined to destroy ourselves with sin and its effects.
And so, God came to earth in the form of a human man. Immanu-El, God with us.
And this time of year is about that.
I’m aware that many Independent Baptists are bitterly opposed to Christmas. I’m just going to tell you, you’re blowing it. This is the biggest, easiest chance in the world to bear witness to Jesus Christ. Yard displays and nativities, signs proclaiming Jesus Christ, during the times when even the most rugged anti-Christian is bothered greatly by the very presence of God.
Wouldn’t it just blow your mind to get handed the soul winners crown at the Judgment, when you never personally told anyone about Jesus Christ – because you put up a yard sign that finally led to the breaking down of someone’s resistance, and they got saved?
Go get a simple poster-board from A. C. Moore or wherever, and a permanent marker. Write this on it, and stick it on the front yard between the inflatable Frosty and the light up reindeer…
“And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.” (Luke 2:9–11, KJV)
And for the next five days, dwell on those verses.