The New Testament writers, “did not follow cunningly devised fables” (2 Peter 1:16 NKJV) when they wrote about Jesus Christ. A “fable” is a “myth, fairy tale, or falsehood.” “And she brought forth her firstborn Son, and wrapped Him in swaddling cloths, and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn” (Luke 2:7 NKJV). Shepherds were told: “For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord” (Luke 2:11 NKJV). “And they came with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the Babe lying in a manger” (Luke 2:16 NKJV). They praised “God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told them” (Luke 2:20 NKJV). The day of His birth is given, a date of December 25 was not. Going beyond God’s Word is unscriptural!
This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.
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- The Word Became Flesh (B. J. Clarke)
- The Suffering Saviour (Cody Westbrook)
- The Effective Ministry of the Incarnate Son (Rick Brumback)
- Jesus: The Master Teacher (Ken Hope)
- Jesus: The Humble Servant (Ross Haffner)
- Jesus: A Friend of Sinners (Michael Light)
- He Hath Done All Things Well (Robert Stapleton)
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Beauty is in the eye of the beholder and such a saying becomes spiritually personified throughout the scriptures. One place where this is evident is found in Matthew 2 when the light of an uncommon star leads the way unto an uncommon child.
To one group the star symbolized a reason to hope while to another it symbolized a reason to hate.
To one group the star symbolized a reason to rejoice while to another it symbolized a reason to be remorseful.
To one group the star symbolized a reason to praise while to another it symbolized a reason to plot.
To one group the star symbolized a reason to give worship while to another it symbolized a reason to show wrath.
One light caused opposite reactions within the hearts of men, but such a small light would only be a shadow of sorts to the behavior that was on the horizon in regards to this child of Bethlehem (John 3:19-21).
For now we must decide how we will react to God’s leading light and we must choose carefully for the way we see beauty may not necessarily reflect the awe that this former child will produce one day when the star from a distance gives way to the star that will dawn in an up-close and personal way. Even then the “star” will produce different reactions, but this time it won’t be within the power of man to reject what they see!
“For when we gave you news of the power and the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, our teaching was not based on stories put together by art, but we were eye-witnesses of his glory. For God the Father gave him honour and glory, when such a voice came to him out of the great glory, saying, This is my dearly loved Son, with whom I am well pleased. And this voice came from heaven even to our ears, when we were with him on the holy mountain. And so the words of the prophets are made more certain; and it is well for you to give attention to them as to a light shining in a dark place, till the dawn comes and the morning star is seen in your hearts;” (2 Peter 1:16-19 – BBE)