We are all weary of the endless media coverage of the horrible massacre of children last Friday. But is it even possible to overstate the evil? Media talk about it because people are insatiable for every detail, not out of morbid curiosity so much, but because of the very unthinkable magnitude of evil that befell that idyllic New England community.
We live in a fallen world. There really is evil personified. The Bible is clear that the devil came for death and destruction. Jesus, Himself, said this about Satan:
The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly. John 10:10
Today I attended the first Christmas program of my three-year old grandson, complete with Mary, Joseph, shepherds and animals. It was priceless, yet sobering in light of the suffering families in Connecticut. But there is a part of the Christmas story that is never portrayed with cute little ones dressed in animal costumes. It is the part about King Herod’s rage and jealousy upon hearing of a baby born “King of the Jews”. Determined to kill that baby, but unsure of his age, Herod ordered the murder of every single baby boy up to the age of two.
Then Herod, when he saw that he was deceived by the wise men, was exceedingly angry; and he sent forth and put to death all the male children who were in Bethlehem and in all its districts, from two years old and under, according to the time which he had determined from the wise men. Matthew 2:16
This Christmas season is different for many because of the events in New Town. Yet, although some have decided not to celebrate the birth of Jesus, I disagree. Certainly the false images of tinsel and glitter and excessive commercialization are inappropriate, but more than ever we need to rejoice in that certain event 2,000 years ago when God became man. It is our only hope. He is our only hope.
The miracle of Yehovah God sending His Son, Yeshuah ben Yehovah, to be born as a baby into this evil sinful world was absolutely necessary. It was the only way to redeem fallen man. Through blood he was born from Mary’s womb. Blood was shed as the enemy tried to kill Him as an infant. Blood has been shed throughout the millenniums as Satan has tried to kill Yeshua’s family before and after His birth. It was necessary that Jesus come as the Promised Messiah, but more importantly, that He die. His blood was the only perfect, holy, righteous blood that could satisfy the justice of a holy God. He became the human Passover Lamb. It was completed with His resurrection from the dead, thereby defeating death itself.
Our hope is not that this world will get better and better, but that no matter what happens, we have the blessed hope of resurrection life and eternity with Jesus where there will be no more tears or death or dying!
I was amazed to hear comments on Fox News from a Catholic Priest, Jonathan Morris, and an evangelical, Max Lucado. They both emphasized free will in the evil choice of the killer last week. He chose to kill. The contrast with Jesus could not be more stark. He chose to die to give life to all who would believe in Him. It was not imposed on Him by the Heavenly Father. He chose it, out of His love for each one of us.
saying, “Father, if it is Your will, take this cup away from Me; nevertheless not My will, but Yours, be done.” Luke 22:42
So, the million dollar question is: What will you do with your free will?
Les Lawrence, Voice of Christian Zionists (READ MORE)