Thursday, December 21, 2006

Merry Christ -mas

As we near Christmas Day, let me first say, Merry Christmas. As un-PC (maybe anti-PC) as that greeting has become, it is all the more important for those of in Christ to remember to greet each other in the knowledge that the Christ has indeed come once and will come again.

In 1 Peter (1:20-21) we read this:
Above all, you must understand that no prophecy of Scripture came about by the prophet's own interpretation. For prophecy never had its origin in the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.
No prophecy – if it is a real prophecy – comes from the interpreter. It comes from God. This is called the doctrine of inspiration. We believe that God’s Word is indeed from Him. He gave us the written Word so that we might understand about the Living Word. That’s the real key to the season. The Living Word has come to dwell among us.
The first two verses of the Epistle to the Hebrews read this way:
In the past God spoke to our forefathers through the prophets at many times and in various ways, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom he made the universe.
The Living Word was among us – not just as a babe in a manger, but as the savior who came to rescue us from the consequences of our own sins. He spoke to us. He warned us. He rescued us. This is the one whose birthday we celebrate next week. This is the one whose first sermon was: “Repent, for the Kingdom of God is at hand.” This is the Living Word; the only possible way to heaven. All scripture is about Him.