Thursday, December 25, 2008

Where is He?

December 25: 2 Peter 1-3 & Jude

1 This is now the second letter that I am writing to you, beloved. In both of them I am stirring up your sincere mind by way of reminder, 2 that you should remember the predictions of the holy prophets and the commandment of the Lord and Savior through your apostles, 3 knowing this first of all, that scoffers will come in the last days with scoffing, following their own sinful desires. 4 They will say, “Where is the promise of his coming? For ever since the fathers fell asleep, all things are continuing as they were from the beginning of creation.” 5 For they deliberately overlook this fact, that the heavens existed long ago, and the earth was formed out of water and through water by the word of God, 6 and that by means of these the world that then existed was deluged with water and perished. 7 But by the same word the heavens and earth that now exist are stored up for fire, being kept until the day of judgment and destruction of the ungodly.
2 Peter 3:1-7

17 But you must remember, beloved, the predictions of the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ. 18 They said to you, “In the last time there will be scoffers, following their own ungodly passions.” 19 It is these who cause divisions, worldly people, devoid of the Spirit. 20 But you, beloved, building yourselves up in your most holy faith and praying in the Holy Spirit, 21 keep yourselves in the love of God, waiting for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ that leads to eternal life.
Jude, verses 17-21

Where is He?

As the question was asked in the Gospels, "Where is He that is born king of the Jews?" so also people today say, "Where is God? Where is the promise of His coming?"

The Jews were always looking, but never finding the Christ; even when He was in the middle of them, they did not recognize Him. They certainly did not recognize that the baby in a manger in Bethlehem was the Promised One who was coming to save them.

In 2nd Peter, people were still asking, "Where is He?"

“Where is the promise of his coming? For ever since the fathers fell asleep, all things are continuing as they were from the beginning of creation.”

In our day, many feel that God is obsolete! Since the world began, however it began, everything continues each day as it has for thousands upon thousands of years. How does a baby in a manger, and how does God fit into this world?

Does their unbelieving heart change anything? That is exactly the point that Peter was making in 2nd Peter, and that Jude was making in his letter. Jude said, "But you must remember!" He urged his fellow believers to remember what they had been taught by the apostles. When they saw people falling away from the Lord, they should not be surprised. That did not, however, give them an excuse to disbelieve the promises of God. Instead he encouraged them,

20 But you, beloved, building yourselves up in your most holy faith and praying in the Holy Spirit, 21 keep yourselves in the love of God, waiting for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ that leads to eternal life.

As you celebrate the birth of Christ this day, remember to be active in building up your most holy faith and prayer. The question is still valid, "Where is He?" Where is He in your life today?

Have a blessed Christmas.

God Bless You,
Linda

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