2 Timothy 3:1, 4:3; Luke 2:11
11-25-2014, * -- Millions of Christians around the world soon will be celebrating the birth of the Lord Jesus Christ. In many places, like ancient Bethlehem where Jesus was born, commemorating the birth of the Savior is still the main focus. Unfortunately, the United States has witnessed increased hostility toward the sacred and true history of Christmas, erupting into what has become a blatant war on Christmas.
Stores, schools and communities across America continue to find new and intolerant reasons to remove any religious references to Christmas, stripping it of any holy or historical significance. Christian songs, prayers and other spiritually vital connections to the birth of Christ are deleted or diminished.
The root and core, of the war on Christmas isn't really about Christmas at all—it’s about the Son of God; it’s a war on Christ and His followers. It’s the hatred of our culture for the exclusive claims that Christ made:
"I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” John 14:6
When Christ appeared in Bethlehem 2,000 years ago, to shepherds in the Judean darkness, the angels announced His birth with these stunning words: “Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people. For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.” Luke 2:10-11
Jesus was fully God Who took on human flesh for one reason—to die for our sins, (John 3:18, 36, 17:3). He fulfilled that mission three decades later when He hung on a cross in Jerusalem, was buried, rose again and ascended into Heaven. When Christ returns—His second Coming—it will be entirely different. He’ll come with power and glory as a conquering King who will cast Satan and unbelievers into an eternal lake of fire. (Revelation 19:11; 20:10, 14-15)
So this Christmas, don’t worry if you see the opposition building. We know that Christ has already made every provision for sinners like us, we can steadily and obediently be about our Heavenly Father’s work testifying of Christ’s power to deliver all who will repent be delivered from sin. (Matthew 10:33; Luke 13:3)
We praise Him that He came to earth 2,000 years ago on a rescue mission; to snatch us from sin and the grave. (Psalm 30:3; Matthew 1:21) The war on Christmas—the war on Christ—is doomed to fail. Christ came the first time as a helpless babe but He is coming a second time to establish His kingdom forever under His righteous reign.
"In the last times there will be scoffers who will follow after their own ungodly desires." Jude 1:18
*Excerpted and adapted full original message from Rev Franklin Graham here https://billygraham.org/decision-magazine/december-2014/the-war-on-christmas-is-a-war-on-christ/
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✝️ 7-9-20, When the Lord Jesus was on the cross and the people scorned and scoffed; His great love for all ignorant uninformed sinners showed forth. He died for all sinners. Romans 5:8; Luke 23:34 However, after we are aware we're no longer ignorant of Who He was and 'what we do;' THEN we are all responsible if we reject Christ. John 3:17-18
6-29-20, Jesus said, 'Obey Me!' John 14:15; 1 John 2:3, 3:22 Of course we are forgiven when we sincerely pray for forgiveness turning our lives to the Lord Jesus. We must intend to sin no more ... if we do ... quickly repent as we didn't INTEND to. John 8:11 More here: https://www.gotquestions.org/go-and-sin-no-more.html
✝️ 6-12-20, The Lord □Jesus' mom, Mary's cousin Elizabeth's son John the Baptist was brutally killed because of a wicked hateful woman. Her foolish husband, King Herod - although he liked John; had him executed because of a promise - he musta been drunk - to make such a promise to his wife's daughter, Salome who's mom, Herodias wanted John dead. Matthew 14:3-11; Mark 6:14-29; Luke 9:7-9
✝️ 6-11-20, Regarding forgiveness: the Lord □ Jesus clearly taught that marriage was between a husband & wife. [Matthew 19:5; Mark 7:21] He loves all sinners both the heterosexual & homosexual. He promises forgiveness to everyone who repents coming to Him for salvation. He told the woman caught in adultery: "Go and sin no more.” Matthew 11:28
✝️ 6-9-20, The Lord □ Jesus explained to Nicodemus that he must be 'born again' [John 3.3, 7]. In Utah I've heard some LDS people scoff and ridicule believers in Christ who are 'born again.' Those who scorn are lost; Jesus clearly said to 'marvel not that you must be born again'; without Christ we are lost. John 3:17-18
✝️ 6-8-20, Jesus is God; He came to save sinners. “For He [Jesus] Whom God sent speaks the words of God: The Father loves the Son & has given all things into His hand. He that believs on the Son hath everlasting life & they that believes not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on them.” John 3:34-36
✝️ 6-7-20, The Lord □ Jesus spoke from the cross first of forgiveness, salvation then of His Mother's care into John's hands. He spoke of being forsaken & then triumph as His task as human was complete shedding His perfect blood for the forgiveness of sins to all who repent believing in Him. His body was thirsty. And last of His reunion with the Father. Matthew 27:46; Luke 23:34, 43, 46; John 19:26-28, 30; Mark 15:34
✝️ 6-3-20, Interesting the different duties of God's arch angels. Michael is a warrior who will defeat Satan and Gabriel was/is God's messenger appearing to: Prophet Daniel 8:15-17, 9:21-24 ... Zacharias, father of John the Baptist, Luke 1:11-18... Mary, Mother of Jesus, Luke 1:26-31... Joseph, Husband of Mary, Matthew 1:20-24, 2-13
✝️ 6-2-20, In appx 530 BC the Lord God of Israel chose the Persian [aka Iran] King Cyrus to protect and help the Jewish exiles in Babylon. Who would come back and rebuild Solomon's Temple in Jerusalem where now - since 688 AD - a Muslim mosque sits. Mark 13:14; Isaiah 45:4-6, 9, 12-13. World Without End. Ephesians 3:20-21
2 Thessalonians 2:10-12; Jeremiah 1:5; Galatians 6:7; 1 Thessalonians 5:4
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