is Christmas. You can raise an argument with that one, but suffice it to say that just because someone chose December 25th
as His Day, doesn’t mean that they nailed down that precise date as his birthday. We folks…all of us who celebrate
that date are only remembering Him on a date common to all of us.
We don’t really know the season. I consider it a hint, that shepherds were tending their sheep nearby,
and I suppose that means there was grass for them to nibble on, and if that were true, we might even rule out
mid-winter. But that’s not the point. We Christians just want to remember what happened at His birth,
and someone chose an historical date and dubbed it.
And every year, we run on about how commercial Christmas has become. But again, we’re just trying to
be nice, giving gifts like the wise men did (incidentally, we don’t know there were three; it’s just that three
gifts were given, so we assume). And again, that doesn’t matter.
Look at it this way; what if we didn’t have a special day to remember. That’s like not letting
a child have a birthday gift or party, or hearing folks say, “happy birthday!”
And so in the end, it’s like this: It’s no sin to remember with a word we call “Christ-mass,”
or Christmas. And it’s no sin NOT to remember, if you’re so inclined. I’ve told you at other times, there
are things various denominations have decided are to be done, or not done, and my thinking is that The Lord looks down and
chuckles, and says, “oh, that’s alright. They aren’t harming anyone, so as long as they believe in Me, and
live for me, I’ll go along with their traditions. Christmas!And so….Merry
I’ve noticed that some of my Conquest articles have taken on a new complexion since my wife
went to her new home. I don’t feel the same about passing from this life to the next. I like to use the
term “The Promise” that the Lord gives to everyone…that Christians will immediately be with loved
ones who’ve gone on, when our turn comes.
King David used that consolation we see in 2nd Samuel 12:23,
after his son by Bathsheba died; “I shall go to him, but he shall not return to me.” And of course Jesus
showed the same comfort to us, as He hung on the Cross, when he told the thief hanging beside Him, who had become a believer
there, “Today shalt thou be with me in paradise.”
I’ve written about that in an earlier article, but for those of you who didn’t see it, I’ll give
my interpretation of those words by Christ. “Today” means now…assuring us that we won’t be
put in a waiting area until some time in the future. And “shalt thou be with me” means that He will go to
the same place with this person who’s dying at His side.
And the Bible clearly shows that the word “Paradise” and
“Heaven” are the same place. Revelation 2:7 is enough to convince us: “He who has an ear, let
him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To the one who conquers, I will grant to eat of the tree of life, which
is in the paradise of God.” And the tree of life serves double duty, also indicating that we’ll eat the
best of foods in Heaven.
The only ones who
should fear death, are those of you who haven’t given your heart to the Lord. I beg you to take care of that,
at this very moment. It’s the only time you’re guaranteed.