mary-joseph-and-jesus

 

Luke 2.1-20

I John 1.1

II Peter 1. 16-18

A billboard that I witnessed in December 2011 on Route 80 said:

“And a child was born to the virgin Mary”

You know it’s a myth

Come celebrate the season with reason.     

American Atheists-since 1963

According to the American Atheists abandoning history is reasonable.  When we accept historical records at their face value, that is eyewitness accounts, as empirical evidence, then we must accept the scriptures, the biblical accounts as historical truth.

I John 1.1 ” What was from the beginning, what we have seen and heard, what we have seen with our eyes, what we have handled,  concerning the Word of Life, …what we have seen and heard we proclaim to you also.”

II Peter 1. 16-18  “For we did not follow cleverly devised tales when we made known to you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but we were eyewitnesses of His Majesty….such an utterance as this was made to Him by the Majestic Glory, ‘this is my beloved Son with whom I am well pleased,’ and we ourselves heard this utterance made from heaven…”

Peter and John knew Jesus, they knew Mary, they ate with them, they talked with them, they lived on the road  with them, stayed with them.

When we then read Luke 2.1-20 the story of the birth of Jesus, we can be assured that this is an accurate account according to all the standards of historical evidence.

The angels came to the shepherds, blazing with glory, shining like the sun, the shepherds were scared to death, they were the first to hear that the Savior of Israel, the Messiah, had come as a baby in a manger. “You will find Him in Bethlehem,” they were told. Then if that was not enough of a shock to these trembling shepherds, a Host of angels opened up the heavens, setting the skies ablaze with light, praising God with a deafeningly loud chorus saying, ” Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among men with whom He is pleased.” They got up off the ground and went to Bethlehem, where they found Mary and Joseph and the child, just as the angels had said.  They told their story to Mary and Joseph, and soon the word of these things spread, and all who heard it were astounded at what was told them. Mary herself, hearing these things that had happened to the shepherds was amazed also, holding these things in her heart, pondering the significance of it, treasuring all that had taken place.

Then the shepherds left and were going back to the fields, glorifying and praising God for all that they had seen and heard, changed men.  But how could you not be changed when the heavens open up around you, and angelic beings appear and speak directly to you. When you check out what was told you and find it all true, right there in front of you, you see it, you hold touch it, you hear it, you feel the presence of God everywhere. How can you not be changed knowing you have just witnessed the coming of the Messiah, the fulfillment of the prophecies of the scriptures that you have heard about and hoped for your whole life.

Today we can be assured that these scriptures we read,  have been maintained and kept precise for centuries, are true and are accurate, that these things happened.  The Savior has come, and He will return just as He said.  Salvation has come to mankind through Jesus the Son of God, and we too can have peace with God the Father through the finished work of the Messiah.

Karl

Advertisements