By Jim Killebrew
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[December 13, 2014]
we enter the Christmas season this year we have already read or
heard about attempts to shut down the celebration of Christmas.
Schools that are banning Christmas programs, public areas where
Nativity scenes are being banned from display, the usual commercial
retailers who change the "Merry Christmas" greetings to "Happy
Holidays." Of course those little peccadilloes are minor compared to
the news we hear from the Middle East where thousands of Christians
are being killed by a terrorist, political group referred to as ISIS
Every few days we hear over our news stations that actually choose
to report those atrocities that children are being beheaded when
they fail to recant their Christianity; women are being raped and
kidnapped and sold into slavery if they fail to renounce Jesus, and
men being crucified or killed outright simply for being Christian.
Older men on their jihad mission are forcing young girls as young as
nine or ten years old into a "marriage" to middle-aged men. These
atrocities are real, and they are aimed at those who have given
themselves to Christ.
Even in light of the millions of people around our world who have
rejected the deity of Christ and fail to recognize Him as God, that
disbelief does not in any way negate the absolute certainty of the
existence of God, or His Son, Jesus, Who is the Christ.
Approximately 681 years Before Christ (BC) we are given a glimpse of
a Messianic prophecy about the work Jesus did on the cross.
"3 He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and
acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he
was despised, and we esteemed him not."
"4 Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we
did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted."
"5 But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our
iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his
stripes we are healed."
"6 All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned everyone to
his own way; and the Lord hath laid on him the iniquity of us all."
"7 He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his
mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep
before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth." (Isaiah
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The historical fact of Jesus, His life and teachings, along with
His death as a sacrifice, and subsequent resurrection three days
later cannot be refuted. His ascension is also well documented along
with the promise of His eventual return to gather His people to live
forever with Him. People may attempt to change the historical
accounts and the thousands of references made about Him throughout
the ages, but regardless of any and all attempts, He remains the
center of our history that simply cannot be refuted by those who
would annihilate His name.
So, for those who have tried to pretend the babe in the manger
should be relegated to some tiny shed in the back of the room of
life, they must also discount the fact of the crucifixion that was
foretold almost 700 years before it happened. In so doing, they must
also acknowledge that without Him there is no foundation of hope for
their lives beyond what they experience each day in their current
[By JIM KILLEBREW]
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