Micah 5:2 (New International Version, ©2010)
2 “But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, though you are small among the clans of Judah, out of you will come for me one who will be ruler over Israel, whose origins are from of old, from ancient times.”
Have you read these headlines and "warnings" recently?
ACLU Warns Schools to Say "Holiday" vs. "Christmas"
NASHVILLE, TENN.: ACLU warns schools about celebrations
ACLU Warns Schools About Holiday Activities
ACLU Warns Tennessee Schools to NOT Focus Holiday Parties on Christmas
ACLU warns schools about speakers with Christian messages
It's December and the war against Christmas is alive and heating up again. All across the nation, those who are opposed to the things of Christ are marching out in full force in an attempt to suppress the recognition and celebration of "the coming" to earth of our Savior and King. In most other countries, other than those that are constitutionally Muslim, public Christmas decorations, school observances and public celebrations are embraced and accepted.
In a ruse and twisting of the Constitution, those opposed to anything having to do with Jesus, have declared an all out assault on Christianity and anything that has to do with Christ. What are they so afraid of that they have blantantly lied to an entire generation of school children in an attempt to hide the truth about the "real reason for the season". Why are they so zealous in an attempt to destroy the coming of the Messiah?
Nothing much has changed in 2000 years since the birth of Christ. During those days King Herod and his followers were greatly troubled about the "news headline" of the day about the arrival of the Jewish Messiah. Although others sought to worship him, the worldly rulers of the day wanted to stamp out and destroy the One, who would replace the rule of oppression and bondage of the people, with God's rulership of spiritual and personal freedom from their sins.
Thank God that He will not be deterred and he will not let the things of this world hold back any who truly worship and get to know the Savior. God is in control, and just as Jesus escaped the violence of evil men of that day, Jesus will conquer those same evil men of today with his love, joy, and peace of the Christmas Season, ensuring that all those who seek him will find him.
Matthew 2:1-15(New Century Version)
1 Jesus was born in the town of Bethlehem in Judea during the time when Herod was king. When Jesus was born, some wise men from the east came to Jerusalem.2 They asked, "Where is the baby who was born to be the king of the Jews? We saw his star in the east and have come to worship him."
3 When King Herod heard this, he was troubled, as were all the people in Jerusalem. 4 Herod called a meeting of all the leading priests and teachers of the law and asked them where the Christ would be born.5 They answered, "In the town of Bethlehem in Judea. The prophet wrote about this in the Scriptures:
6 'But you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, are not just an insignificant village in Judah. A ruler will come from you who will be like a shepherd for my people Israel.' " — Micah 5:2
7 Then Herod had a secret meeting with the wise men and learned from them the exact time they first saw the star.8 He sent the wise men to Bethlehem, saying, "Look carefully for the child. When you find him, come tell me so I can worship him too."
9 After the wise men heard the king, they left. The star that they had seen in the east went before them until it stopped above the place where the child was.10 When the wise men saw the star, they were filled with joy.11 They came to the house where the child was and saw him with his mother, Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. They opened their gifts and gave him treasures of gold, frankincense, and myrrh.12 But God warned the wise men in a dream not to go back to Herod, so they returned to their own country by a different way.
13 After they left, an angel of the Lord came to Joseph in a dream and said, "Get up! Take the child and his mother and escape to Egypt, because Herod is starting to look for the child so he can kill him. Stay in Egypt until I tell you to return."
14 So Joseph got up and left for Egypt during the night with the child and his mother.15 And Joseph stayed in Egypt until Herod died. This happened to bring about what the Lord had said through the prophet: "I called my son out of Egypt." - Hosea 11:1.
Follow me on my Advent journey as I travel the path that God has prepared for us back to Himself. Follow the path of "the coming" of our Lord and Savior Jesus.