December 21, 2010

Hurting at Christmas

Are not two sparrows sold for a farthing? 
And none of them doth light on the ground, without your father... 
Fear ye not therefore, ye are of more value than many sparrows.
— Matthew 10.29, 31 Tyndale/Coverdale Bible (Modern Spelling)

This should prove to be one of the more unusual approaches to a "Christmas article" that you have read, I'll wager. It will have some pretty raw honesty, and I earnestly hope you'll stay with me.

There have been several teachings I have come across lately that remind us not to forget that the reason for the humble birth in the manger of Bethlehem was the cross at Calvary. I would like to go further and remind us of the glorious end of it all.

The attached video by Petra as excellent lyrics (reproduced below the video). Written while the fear of global nuclear war was still strong, it is emphasizing a point that is as relevant now as it was then: God is in control. He has plans (Revelation 21.1-8), and humans are not going to thwart them. He is the Creator of the universe, you know.

And the Creator of the universe bothered to redeem fallen mankind. Why should he even notice? Psalm 8.4, 103.14. I have heard people say that some things are too small to warrant God's attention, don't even ask. Well, in that vein, even our "big stuff" is nothing to him. But he chooses to care about us!

That's right, our Creator cares about us. He is a holy and righteous God who will punish sin (Revelation 21.8), yet has mercy on fallen, sinful humanity (John 1.12-13, 3.16). God became a man (John 1.14), died on the cross for our sins, rose the third day (1 Cor. 15.3-4, Galatians 2.6) and has big plans for the future of humanity.

Jesus defeated death (1 Cor 15.55-56), and that victory began in the manger in Bethlehem (Micah 5.2). We tend to forget, but we're indirectly acknowledging it every Christmas.

Listen, I have had plenty of sorrows the past couple of years. They have been my own as well as sorrows shared with people I care about. For those of us who have had tragedies, we need to remember that we are celebrating the birth of God in the flesh who defeated death. As I said, he has big plans for the world, but he has plans for you...and me. He loves us (Galatians 2.20), and is with his people every step of the way (Heb. 13.5-6).

Listen to the song. No, it's not "Gospel Music". It's Christian music, and this band has ministered to me many times over the years. They even played a part in my return to Christ.

"He's still got you and me in his hands..."

Words and music by Bob Hartman, from Petra's album "Back to the Street", 1986
Based on Hebrews 1:3, Matthew 20:29, 6:34

Hearts are failing left and right, children fear this planet's plight
Fatalistic fears abound and take their toll without a sound
But through the vague uncertainty - comes a bold assurity
This world is under sovereignty - divinely ordered destiny
He holds this world together with the Word of His power
Safe within His hands - 'till its own appointed hour

He's still got the whole world in His hands - tonight
And only He knows where the sparrow lands - tonight
And nothing in this world can stop His plans - tonight
'Cause He's still got the whole world in His hands
In His hands tonight

Humanistic lies lament the holocaust is imminent
Doomsday prophets in the news predicting who will light the fuse
The fate of His creation isn't subject to a man
The final consummation is according to His plan

He's still got you - He's still got me in His hands tonight


Keith Tamarind said...

'It's not Gospel Music It's Christian Music'

HOO. yeah.

I LIKE your style. Justsayin.

PS good work exposing the atheist hordes over at Ray's.

God Bless.

Bob Sorensen said...

Keith, I've been wanting to contact you! I wanted to say good work to you as well. If you're interested, I have a new site that is getting up and running, "A Soldier for Jesus", which is for and about Christians, primarily regarding evangelism and spiritual warfare. The link is on the right of this page, if you're interested.

Keith Tamarind said...

Hey thanks, I will check it out. You should expose 'Gospel' music for what it is, maybe an article beckons...

If you get the time you may like my blog too. Exposing EvoLIEtion, one atheist lie at a time, convicted by the Sword of the Spirit, they fall like leaves in autumn, mewling like liberals when the Truth hits them square in their blackened hearts.

Bob Sorensen said...

"mewling like liberals when the Truth hits them square in their blackened hearts"

Yes, I've seen it happen. Along with cries of, "Liar!" when something unpleasant is revealed. Meanwhile, it is OK for them to lie.

So, you're overdue for a new article.

Rhomphaia (Sword) said...

So sorry your family is hurting through Christmas. I will be praying for you, especially Mrs. Storm.

The Lord is able to meet us right where we need Him.

1 Th 4:13 But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope.
1 Th 4:14 For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him.
1 Th 4:15 For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep.
1 Th 4:16 For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:
1 Th 4:17 Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.
1 Th 4:18 Wherefore comfort one another with these words.

The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you.

Bob Sorensen said...

Hi Rhomphaia, I had my wife in mind when I wrote this, but also several other people (perhaps Mr. Goose would like it). It had been on my mind and heart for weeks, and even then, the writing was not done by cranking it out on my half hour lunch break. I find myself praying over my articles, especially this one. Now I pray that it will minister to others. Since not all my comments arrive here, and I am not going to take liberties, I'll just say that I think maybe the Lord is indeed using it.

JD said...

nice - I love Petra's music. And the 'classic' 80's lineup is back too. can't wait to see them in action.

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