FROM THE SERVANT GENERAL
CHRISTMAS MESSAGE 2012
THE LIGHT SHINES IN THE DARKNESS
December 25, 2012
Rejoice, for the Savior has been born!
Jesus was born in very challenging circumstances. He was born to an unwed teen-age mother. Her fiance almost decided to abandon her. He was born in a manger because there was no room for them in an inn. As a newborn baby he had to flee with his parents to Egypt to escape a king intent on killing him.
These are very familiar to the circumstances we face today–teen-age pregnancy out of wedlock, men forcing their girl friends to have an abortion, dire poverty, and worse of all, the holocaust of the unborn. The culture of death pervades throughout the whole world. The United States just re-elected the most pro-abortion President ever, and this Herod is intent on destroying even more unborn babies. Even the Philippines, the last nation standing against divorce and abortion, has had a reproductive health bill passed. This nation is now at the top of the slippery slope.
There is much to be afraid of.
We face very challenging times in this third millennium, where the assaults against faith, family and life are intensifying.
Just as King Herod was greatly troubled at the news of the birth of the king of the Jews, today’s Herods are troubled by more children in the world. Just as he resorted to deception in asking the magi to search for the child, they resort to lies, deception and manipulation to advance the culture of death. Just as he ordered the massacre of the innocent infants, they are intensifying the work of population control through abortion, contraception, euthanasia, divorce and same-sex marriage.
Just as Caesar Augustus decreed that the whole world should be enrolled in a census, today’s global elites look to a one-world government where every person is registered and given a mark, perhaps a digital implant. Just as the Holy Family had to flee to Egypt, homeschooling parents have had to flee from nations that have criminalized homeschooling, such as Germany and Norway. Just as there was sobbing and loud lamentation in Ramah, mothers forced to abort in China have been utterly devastated.
But then, in the darkness of the night, the light shines forth. In the desperation of the moment, God sends just exactly what we need.
The angel says to us what he said to the shepherds struck with great fear. “Do not be afraid; for behold, I proclaim to you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. For today in the city of David a savior has been born for you who is Messiah and Lord.” (Lk 2:10-11).
This indeed is good news of great joy. Our Savior has been born. He has come to deliver us from our sins, and from the darkness and evil of a fallen world. He who is Life itself has come to defeat the culture of death.
Merry Christmas to all. Rejoice in the Lord always.
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