Weekly Teachings by Erik Momsen
'To know Him and make Him known'
by Erik Momsen
There is an increasing debate among Christians whether to celebrate or not to celebrate Christmas. This title was sparked by someone's objection to the use of "Xmas" and the plea for society not to Xclude Jesus from the festive season.
The basic truth is this. People will try to exclude the King of Kings from His own universe. but what a futile venture. You can try to exclude the King from your mind and lifestyle but there will be a .
"Then everyone who shall confess Me before men, I will confess him before My Father who is in Heaven. But whoever shall deny Me before men, I will also deny him before My Father in Heaven. Do not think that I have come to bring peace on earth. I did not come to send peace, but a sword." (Matthew 10:32-34)
WHAT WENT WRONG? - It was always wrong, well at least from the garden. There seems to be a spirit (a dark one) that infests religion and turns it into the worst type of revelry. We see it in the Mardi Gras.
There is a constant temptation to take a God event - The birth of Christ or Easter and turn it into a eat & drink fest. Strangely enough Paul warns us;
"And do not be drunk with wine, in which is excess, but be filled with the Spirit", (Ephesians 5:18).
If the Spirit of God is not master of a life or an event the natural consequence is mindless revelry.
DON'T FIGHT THE DARKNESS - LIGHT A LAMP
We can be like men striking out at the darkness but this has no value. Someone is going to get hurt. John does not have a "birth of Jesus story" but has a great start to his gospel. John was also confronted by darkness.
"In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overtake it." (John 1:4,5)
I am not afraid that the Gospel will die. Speak the name of Jesus everywhere. Darkness will flee and believers will pop out.
WAS JESUS BORN?
This is the central question of the season. We say the King of the universe" took the form of a baby, showed the love of the Father, defeated the devil and paid the price for sin.
"Christ was born in Bethlehem - Glory to the newborn King."
JOHN - "THE TRUTH BEHIND THE SHEEP & MANGER"
"In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things came into being through Him, and without Him not even one thing came into being that has come into being. In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overtake it. ... He was the true Light; He enlightens every man coming into the world. He was in the world, and the world came into being through Him, and the world did not know Him. He came to His own, and His own received Him not. But as many as received Him, He gave to them authority to become the children of God, to those who believe on His name, who were born, not of bloods, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but were born of God. And the Word became flesh, and tabernacled among us. And we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and of truth." (John1:1-14)
- Jesus is God.
- All things made through Jesus.
- Jesus is the source of life - he brings light back to men.
- Jesus came to dispel the darkness.
- The world does not know Him.
- Even His own people did not receive Him (he came as a Jew).
- BUT ANYONE WHO BELIEVES BECOMES A CHILD OF GOD.
- Born of God - given a new spirit and body to come.
- This Jesus - Word - creator - Light actually became a fetus.
- Jesus set up camp with us - a holy meeting between God & man.
It doesn't help shouting at the darkness or trying to kick it until it bleeds daylight. Small droplets of truth - sparks of light - brings out the love hidden in the night. Start a revolution of love and truth in the only name that's worth throwing around. Quiet confidence that the King was born and will return and is chipping away at hard hearts day and night.
Date Added: 2010-12-07
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