December 26, 2012: Before You Let This Christmas End. Before you let this Christmas end learn to handle the supernatural extremes.
Twenty children killed. There is a strange connection between Newtown and Bethlehem. Brian C. Stiller said, it is a similar refrain to the early life of Jesus. King Herod ordered children under two killed in the Judean village of Bethlehem when he heard from the Persian travelers that a “king of the Jews” was to be born. Historians estimate that in this tiny village some twenty were hacked to death by the mad man, subservient to Rome and insecure in his kingship. The death of children, innocent and vulnerable, is cast in the very beginnings of the Gospel and Christmas story.”
The tragedy brought forth soul-searching and grief around the globe. Families as far away as Puerto Rico began to plan funerals for victims who still had their baby teeth, world leaders extended condolences, and vigils were held around the U.S.
The lesson in this strange connection is that we are in a world of supernatural extremes. Joseph, Mary and every other character in that first Christmas had to stay on course in an explosive situation. Imagine how strange it must have felt to have amazing miracles and amazing danger coming at you all at once. It must have been confusing that even though there were angels, wise men and a star, their life was still a mine field that they had to navigate with extreme caution.
Today, the realities that were muted by our festivities may be returning with a vengeance. We live in a world of extremes. Evil is doing more than ever and yet, God is moving strongly. Deny either one of those realities and you will be victimized.
The angels understood the intense paradox of the spiritual warfare. That is why they said “fear not.” Fear will bring panic and cause you to make mistakes in the new year. Learn from Christmas to stay on course with the angelic “fear nots”
1. The “fear not” of salvation: “And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings…which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord” (Luke 2:10,11).
2. The “fear not” of the humanly impossible: “Fear not, Mary:… the Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee:…For with God nothing shall be impossible” (Luke 1:30, 35, 37).
3. The “fear not” of unanswered prayer: “Fear not, Zacharias: for thy prayer is heard; and thy wife Elisabeth shall bear thee a son, and thou shalt call his name John” (Luke 1:13).
4. The “fear not” of immediate obedience: “Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife :.. Then Joseph … did as the angel of the Lord had bidden him” (Matthew 1:20,24).
The greatest threats you have ever faced may come at you. The most vile, wicked acts of violence of all time may be on their way. However, the greatest miracles you have ever seen and the most powerful anointing to face life is also on its way. Stay the course!