|message of Christmas is still a message of great Joy|
|Saturday, 19 December 2009 15:04|
As i write this article two "anti-Christian" news stories are running online. One concerns an 8 year old boy who was asked by his teacher to draw a picture that reminded him of the upcoming holiday. The boy had visited a Catholic shrine the day before with his parents and he drew a picture of Jesus on the Cross (the image was fresh in his head). The teacher promptly sent the boy home and ordered him to undergo a psychiatric evaluation. The other story involves a little girl who was told, along with her class, to quietly read a book (it was daily reading time.) The young lady began reading her Bible. The teacher told her to put it away as it was "inappropriate material."
Stories like these seem to pop up every year at Christmas.
We should not be surprised.
The account of the very first Christmas contains the story of Herod the Great, who tried to actually murder the young Jesus. Herod saw the Child as a threat to his throne.
People oppose Christ today for essentially the same reason: He threatens their own little kingdoms.
Believers should not get their hopes up that this kind of opposition will ever change. Why? Long story short: Darkness has always hated Light. Evil hates Good. Satan despises God.
But don't sweat it. The Bible assures us that no plan against God will ever succeed. The history of the world bears this out. Sure, there have been dark times when it seems like the Enemy is winning; but ultimately he never does.
And he never will. Calvary and the Resurrection made sure of that.
And if you still have doubts, read the very last part of the Book of Revelation. God wins. And those of us who are on His side will win, too.
So be of good cheer: the message of Christmas is still a message of great Joy.
If you don't believe me, wait till the trumpet sounds.