Many in the world contemplate the birth of Jesus at this time of year. People relate to babies and are sympathetic to the plight of families in distress. Both of these can be found in the events leading up to Jesus’ birth.
Sadly this is where many people leave Jesus – as a baby in a rustic crib with animals around and receiving gifts (which isn’t really what Matthew and Luke recorded). You see, babies don’t make demands on how a person lives (except to feed and change them). Most are content with Jesus as a baby. Continue reading “Who was he?”
From a simple declaration to explanatory narratives, three of the Gospels refer to Jesus’ birth to further various objectives. The same historical event comes alive through recounting different carefully chosen details. Each of these Gospels presents us with a different treasure. Which one resonates most with you? Continue reading “One birth, three messages”
On the night of Jesus’ birth, it would seem a new “star” was seen in the night sky. Astrologers (or magi) from the East saw this phenomenon and concluded that this signified the birth of someone special. They then travelled from the East to find this child who had been born. Continue reading “Wise men still seek him”
In Revelation 12 we have what could be considered one of the easiest to understand of the word-pictures in John’s Revelation. Although possibly a simple picture to understand, it contains a message that all Christians would do well to remember.
“Then a great sign appeared in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, and with the moon under her feet, and on her head was a crown of twelve stars. She was pregnant and was screaming in labour pains, struggling to give birth. Then another sign appeared in heaven: a huge red dragon that had seven heads and ten horns, and on its heads were seven diadem crowns. Now the dragon’s tail swept away a third of the stars in heaven and hurled them to the earth. Then the dragon stood before the woman who was about to give birth, so that he might devour her child as soon as it was born. So the woman gave birth to a son, a male child, who is going to rule over all the nations with an iron rod. Her child was suddenly caught up to God and to his throne, and she fled into the wilderness where a place had been prepared for her by God, so she could be taken care of for 1,260 day” (Revelation 12:1-6 NET). Continue reading “The war against Christians”