December 25, 2014
I will not soil Christmas Day by mentioning the names of any of those for whom this day is a calamity.
We are here to proclaim the Lordship of Christ, boldly and without compromise, over every square inch of this terrestrial ball (as the old hymn puts it)—today a promise, but someday a visible reality.
There are those who take comfort in their riches, their power and authority, and in their worldly wisdom. They haven’t changed since Jesus Christ was born 2,000 years ago. Understanding only wealth, brute force, and the apparent ease with which they remain perched atop the pyramid, smugly looking down, they completely miss the point of a baby lying in a manger.
“For the preaching of the cross is, to them that perish, foolishness…” (I Corinthians 1:18)
Once upon a time they feared a conqueror, a second David who would restore the kingdom to Israel. When Jesus told them His kingdom was not of this world, they took it to mean that He was resigning the world to them and to their master, Satan. They ignored, or never heard, the prophecies that this kingdom—which Daniel described as a gigantic stone not shaped by human hands—would crush to powder the kingdoms of this world and endure forever.
They have always soothed themselves with the fact that this hasn’t happened yet, mistaking God’s patience, God’s total independence from time as we know it, for evidence that either God does not exist at all, or else lacks the power to fulfill His word. Either way, they’re free to continue doing as they please: just as in the time of Noah.
God has told us how He will work.
“But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty; and base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to naught things that are: that no flesh should glory in his presence.” (I Corinthians 1:27-29)
College profs and movie stars and politicians laugh at foolish things, unable to make any sense of them. What could be more foolish than to send a baby in a manger to be the Lord and Savior of the world? And who is weaker than a baby? What does he count, against armies and multi-trillion-dollar governments? What could he possibly do? And so they laugh, and keep on doing what they’re doing.
They can’t even see base things, or things that are despised. And as for things which are not—well, who’s afraid of what does not exist?
So God has told them that He will perform His word by means of things beneath their notice, and by people who are not considered wise, or mighty, or noble (verse 26)—people who, in their eyes, count for nothing.
And the day of the Lord will come upon them unawares, like a thief in the night.
All of this, “That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God.” (I Corinthians 2:5)
It will not be today, it may not be tomorrow, but God will do as He has said.
Isaiah prophesied, “For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even forever. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this.” (Isaiah 9:6-7)
What part of this do the wise men and the rulers of this age not understand?
All of it!
And that’s their tragedy.
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Lee Duigon, a contributing editor with the Chalcedon Foundation, is a former newspaper reporter and editor, small businessman, teacher, and horror novelist. He has been married to his wife, Patricia, for 34 years. See his new fantasy/adventure novels, Bell Mountain and The Cellar Beneath the Cellar, available on www.amazon.com