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Not Just Another New Year
RISE AGAIN - DALLAS HOLM
A most interesting year
Well, here it is 2012. This is truly one of the most interesting of years in quite a while and don’t worry I am not going to be over zealous with a bunch of clichés and puns. The reality is however, that this particular year is extremely important to most of us as believers in Christ Jesus or for that matter anyone religious or philosophical.
Because of the Mayan calendar ending in December 21 of this our year of 2012 we find ourselves in a proverbial quandary over whether this is the end of days, end of time or the return of Christ.
While on one hand we as Christians are anxious for the return of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, we have somewhat of a fear of the end of the world. In fact, as strange as it might seem, Christians appear almost “fearful” thinking that the end of the world might be just around the corner.
Although we have the greatest desire to spread the “good news” of salvation available to all mankind (evangelism), we have on the other hand a growing faction of the world population wanting to literally destroy us and everything we believe to be Sacred and Holy. The Bible is quite clear, “Christ did not come into the world to judge the world but to save it”. (John 12:47). So why are we so fearful?
It seems for many of us that with the New Year here, we have become so concerned with the likes of illegal immigration, diminishing religious freedom, the ignoring of the Constitution which was written primarily by Christian men and what other religions are doing in our country and their resulting growth that we have forgotten the WHY of Jesus actual mission to earth; the salvation of all of humanity.
Now hold on to this…….Jesus came, that is God CHOSE to become a man, be born as a human baby, allow Himself to be entrusted to human parents for caring, upbringing, safety and even education, begin a controversial ministry of CARING, LOVING, SHARING and ultimately giving of Himself FREELY on a cross in a disgraceful, humiliating public execution because HE LOVED THE WORLD……..YOU and I.
Yet, for many of us having just celebrated His wonderful birth, WE are upset. Some are depressed and others are just angry. Yes we’ve lost jobs, business is down, and many did not receive their traditional Christmas bonuses. Even some pastors are being effected and fearful of the future. I had a friend who was notified that although his church loved him, beginning the first Sunday in January, 2012, they would no longer be able to pay him on a full time basis.
Do not worry about tomorrow
The preceding years have been tough, to say the least and the predictions politically, defensively and financially are not good.
But Jesus still cares. He still loves each of us and knows EVERY need. How wonderful are the words of Jesus as he talks about the birds and how God protects and provides for them and how much more he will provide for us (Matt. 6:25-34 Paraphrased). As Jesus said, “Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”(Matt. 6:34 NIV)
Let’s remember that although Christ’s return and the end of the world are inevitable, when it will happen is not known and as such the Mayan calendar probably has little to do with it.
The fearing of Jesus’ return and the end of time are totally unnecessary; especially for those who know Him and follow His teachings.
No, it’s not just another New Year. It’s a New Year of possibilities; all kinds of possibilities. So let’s lift each other up and pray for each other and for all of the necessities of life.
We must also pray that Christians will not become fanatical to the point of Y2K associating unrelated Biblical prophecy and scripture to the Mayan calendar end and bring embarrassment to the Christian World.
May our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ give everyone a joyous, peaceful and Blessed 2012.
Keep looking up and if He does come, be ready. Happy New Year.
©Copyright 2012 Dr. Lee W. Outlaw III
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