When people question the miracle of Christmas, when they challenge the veracity of the Biblical account, there are a number of prophecies I ask them to consider, many of which they are unfamiliar with.
The Prophecy of Daniel regarding the 70 weeks of years (490) until Messiah comes is one of the least known yet most powerful. I was able to share it with a local radio personality last Friday and provoked an on air conversation regarding it that was quite fruitful.
There was a reason the Jews were expecting an imminent Messiah at the time of Jesus and Daniel's prophecy was it. The prophecy came in two parts. The first proclaimed that the Temple in Jerusalem would be restored in 49 years. Well how could that be? The Jewish people were still captive in Babylon and Jerusalem occupied by gentiles. Yet it happened, exactly as foretold. Miraculously.
Did that not indicate that the second part, Messiah's arrival would also come on schedule?
After that, they talked about the science behind the Christmas Star.
Then there is:
2 The people that walked in darkness have seen a great light: they that dwell in the land of the shadow of death, upon them hath the light shined.
6 For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.
7 Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this.
Oh my friend, if you have not given yourself the greatest gift God has offered man, if you have not recognized the King and taken His side, please do so now. If you have questions, e-mail me.
We all have memories of Christmases past, some better than others. Some perhaps never to be equaled due to loss. Mine are mostly of being a spoiled brat who was more concerned with what I was getting than what I was giving.
May you have a wonderful Christmas this year and enjoy what you've been given.
I leave you with a picture of my grandson and Santa and the story behind it as I told Bill Bennett yesterday.