TITLE: Christmas - Peace? Goodwill? 16th Nov 2017
By Elaine Hemingway
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It is that time of year again. The time of rejoicing because our Saviour came!
It is also the time when satan is rampant with rage at the knowledge he is impotent against the Lord of Hosts. I do not advocate laying every adversity at his feet, for many troubles are unfortunately self-inflicted, when wrong choices have been made with devastating consequences. We make many mistakes, and have to pay for them by the law of results and retribution, but the fact remains that Christmas is the time when so many people suffer unexpectedly, and heartbreak is the theme of the season. Satan is so willing to use his opportunity to raise those questions in the minds of the afflicted, “Why does God allow such tragedy? If God is so good, why could he not prevent this disaster?”
Coping with sudden tragedy remains a problem that is not easily solved, even those in a close relationship with the Lord find the difficulties of acceptance of His will only within His Presence. His Word sheds some light on the ways to cope, but Christian fellowship remains a key for comfort.
If anyone acknowledges that Jesus is the Son of God, God lives in him, and he in God, 1John 4:15.
As a little boy so wisely said when someone helped him in a troubled time, “Jesus came, with skin on.”
Jesus came in the flesh and was seen and touched by many.
A friend recently sent a message that they were at Larnaca in Cyprus where Lazarus supposedly lived and died after he was brought back to life by Jesus. He died again and his remains are said to have been found there.
An empty tomb proclaims my Saviour lives!
He knows our hurts and grief. He understands our pain. Already too much has been suffered in the prelude to the Christmas celebration, and I think He suffers too as He sees what is happening.
You keep track of all my sorrows. You have collected all my tears in your bottle. You have recorded each one in your book. Psalm 56:8 (NLT)
Have mercy on me, O God, have mercy! I look to you for protection.
I will hide beneath the shadow of your wings until this violent storm is past. Ps 57:1 (NLT)
The NIV says I will take refuge in the shadow of your wings until the disaster has passed.
At this time of year many people need these verses as comfort, but how much sadder for those who do not know the One referred to as the help and refuge that is needed. Jesus Christ said, If anyone opens the door (of heart and mind, to accept) I will come in and sup (eat, drink, live) with him, and he with me. Revelation 3:20.
Don’t wait! If you don’t know Him, meet with Him now! All it takes is ABC. Admit, Believe, Confess.
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