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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: The Reason for the Season of Christmas (12/04/08)

TITLE: The Rift
By Elizabeth Marland


At the first word God spoke to bring all we know into existence He knew the sacrifice that He would one day have to make. While He was forming man in His own image, looking around at all He created and reveling in how good it was He knew what was coming. He knew and yet He still gave man an intellect and the freedom of choice. We are not automatons that immediately obey without question. He wanted people who chose to love him. It is even possible that made it easier for Him to love us. How hard would it be for us to love something that loved us because it must and not because it wanted to?
From the first sin of man it was promised that the separation between God and man would one day be healed. God made sure that there was always a generation that followed Him. Cain destroyed the first generation but Adam and Eve gave birth to Seth who continued that legacy and it was passed from father to son until we got to Noah and his sons. After the flood there were only eight people on the earth yet God ensured the godly generation would continue through Shem. Shemís progeny eventually delivered Abraham who was the father of the nation of Israel. The nation of Israel was a nation God set aside to follow Him. It was from this nation that God chose a family that would one day bear the One who had been prophesied to come from the beginning.
Mary was directly descended from King David. King David was from the tribe of Judah. Judah was one of the sons of Jacob whose name God changed to Israel. Judah was the one whose idea it was to sell Joseph to the Ishmaelites. Later, he redeemed himself by offering his life in exchange for Benjamin if he did not return to Jacob with Benjamin. He pleaded with Joseph when Benjamin was accused of stealing and was not going to be allowed to return to his father. From this scoundrel turned honorable man came King David. King David made some terrible decisions but like his ancestor, Judah, he took responsibility for his sins and repented. After King David, every king of Israel was compared by God to him. Jesus was conceived in the uterus of King Davidís direct ancestor.
Jesus was the One foretold so long ago and so frequently through the years. He is the reason that Christians give for celebrating Christmas. He was given a very humble birth and life yet He could not be ignored. His presence left a great impression in His day. He affected not just Israel but also the Roman occupiers of Israel. Even today, people speak of Him as a great man who once lived on the earth. He was not just a great man. He was God incarnate come to earth to heal the rift between God and man that sin created. He is no longer dead. He is risen, just as he promised. Because of His sacrifice on the cross and His resurrection we have an eternal hope. He made a way of escape from this rift between God and man. He covers the sin of all who chose to accept His gift of sacrifice so that we are righteous in Godís sight. He has healed the rift.

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Joanne Sher 12/12/08
I enjoyed this "walk through history" to teach us the reason for Christmas, and the incredible bridging of the rift that Christ built. Spaces between paragraphs would make this easier to read. This was definitely meaningful to me.