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  In more than three decades of my Christian life, I have been blest by 2 types of Daily devos' (matter not exceeding 500 words) in universal Christian literature. Not only those Devos' which have a different theme everyday but also the ones which revolve around a certain theme over a period of time, say a fortnight, have richly edified me. In fact, both styles have their own inherent advantages. If the former style caters to the varying spiritual needs of a christian from day-to-day, the latter aims 'to ground' a child of God in a certain subject in order he derives the full benefits of the deep insightful study of a certain topic, spread over a fixed span of time.

In my Daily devo page, I have consciously tried to go in for 'a blend of both the styles' whereby within a constant theme, I would be aiming to focus on different facets of it which admittedly is a closer imitation of the 'Constant theme' style than the 'Varying topics' one.

As the month of December coincides with the Christmas season, in this month I intend to dwell exclusively on all the topics revolving around Christmas using the visit of the Wise man described in Matthew 2 as the base.

Let me wish you a happy and an edifying read… oh yes-MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL OF US!

Suresh Manoharan




December 9th

Prophecy – History written in advance





In Bethlehem in Judea, they replied, for this is what the prophet has written: 'But you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, are by no means least among the rulers of Judah; for out of you will come a ruler who will be the shepherd of my people Israel.'– Matt 2:5-6

 
  In our own journey of the study of the visit of the Wise men, we now come to yet another important dimension to the Christmas story. The several prophesies regarding his birth, life, crucifixion, and resurrection. The above-captioned scripture is the record of the statement of the Jewish religious experts who were experts in the Old testament scriptures.

On the birth of Christ, hinged the salvation of mankind. Period. The ‘Redeemer’ God, donning the robe of flesh, was coming for a touchdown, on His sin-marred planet, to the very place where he had given his creation a perfect start. Like the entry of any Royal Emperor is always, heralded, His birth too was prophesied hundreds of years back, If Isaiah 7:14, talks about his ‘virgin birth’, then Micah 5:2 speaks about his place of birth… Bethlehem. Why Bethlehem? Where else, the ‘Bread of life’ (John 6:58) could be born other than the place known as ‘Bread’- Bethlehem in Jewish language means ‘Bread’.

If, we look beyond Christmas, there are more prophecies, if Psalm 22, and Isaiah 53 speak about his impending crucifixion (Note: this was written a thousand years before Christ, at a time crucifixion as a mode of death penalty did not exist), then Psalm 16:10 speaks about his glorious resurrection, thereafter. Simply amazing!

Why so many prophesies, one may ask? The answer is simple; to preempt the cynics (there is no dearth of them in this world) from attributing his birth and life to sheer coincidence. His life was no ordinary life. On the other hand, even at the cost of sounding repetitious, once again with one voice along with the angels and several saints of past and present, I would like to reiterate that ‘on his life hinged the salvation of mankind’. Hence, so many prophecies to signify its paramount importance. Despite, all these, oh how many Christian (?) scholars give a watered down message of Christmas, equating Christ to a social reformer. Be warned, to call him anything less than a Saviour is SIN.Period!

Prayer:

Father in heaven, when we speak about the birth of your Holy Son, let our hearts be filled with awe, for He is a Saviour. Amen.
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