A friend writes: “So many hard things are all around us. Will God help?”
As we listen to the news, we realize there is trouble (darkness) around the world, the horror of the shootings in Connecticut and the conflict in the Middle East. Then there is the idea put forth that the end of the world is set for Friday.
It seems like a there is lot of darkness all around, and at Christmas time, too. Jesus said, “Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.”
Regarding the end of the world theory, Jesus Christ said: “But of that day and hour knows no man, no not the angels of heaven but my Father only” (Matthew 24:35-36).
But there is light for this dark world, both at Christmas and always. Christmas is more than a holiday. More than giving gifts — it is the birth of Jesus Christ, the light of the world. Jesus said, “I am the light of the world: he who follows me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life” (John 8:12).
The Bible says: “People love darkness rather than light, because their deeds are evil” (John 3:19). The “lie” of evolution removes hope and Godly living. Man is more than an animal. Of all creation he is created in the image of God and shall give an account to his Creator. (Genesis 1:26 and II Corinthians 5:10).
Man’s rebellion against God started shortly after Creation and is evident around us today. (Genesis 3:1-5). The Bible gives us hope. God promised a redeemer, who could save man form his sin. (Genesis 3:15). This savior would come through the Jewish nation and the tribe of Judah (Genesis 49:10). He would be born of a virgin (Isaiah 7:14) in Bethlehem (Micah 5:2) and would die a sacrificial death on behalf of mankind (Isaiah 53).
At his birth, the angels announced to the shepherd: “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 who is Christ the Lord. And you shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes lying in a manager” (Luke 2:26).
Man does not have the answer for light in this dark world. But God does. Jesus said, “If the light that is in you is darkness, how great is that darkness.” Any light that people have of themselves is only darkness.
But Christ is the “true light who is continually enlightening ever man who comes into the world.” John 1:8. Light and hope for those grieving in Connecticut, for those worried about the end of the world, is found in the Christ of Christmas, the Savior who came to be our light.
“In this dark world — there’s a bright light shining. It will lead you through the night, to endless day.”
If you have a Bible question, write to Pastor Lenard Huebscher, Grace Baptist Church, 12721 75th St. North, Stillwater, MN 55082. 651-430-3132. www.stillwaterbaptist.net.