This is our 2013 Christmas greeting to our blog and facebook readers. If you follow any of our posts or those on the www.christworksministries.org, you know that we teach Biblical creation and sky observing disciplines from a Biblical view. It has been our pleasure to serve others in Uganda and the Philippines as well as in the US.
Each year we do a sketch with a message as a Christmas greeting.
This year we did a sketch map as if we were observing from a high position just West of the Sea of Galilee and looking southward. If you were on a road by the Sea of Galilee, you would turn right to go to Nazareth—that small unremarkable town before Christ’s birth. However, it becomes remarkable. Luke records the amazing event of the Angel Gabriel visiting Mary that is mentioned in the verse that is recorded on the sketch. The event sets in motion the planned intervention of God in the affairs of men to bring salvation from sin to those who call on Him.
Less than a year later, Jesus is born in Bethlehem. His earthly life meets an abrupt end with his crucifixion about three decades later outside the walls of Jerusalem. Three days later He rises. Luke records His birth, life, death, and resurrection. He does it for one purpose: to show Theophilus, who is addressed in the first verses in the letter, the certainty of the things he has been taught about the Kingdom of God. Just as Luke’s record was read as a letter to Theophilus, you can read it for yourself as if it was addressed to you.
For believers, hold fast to your faith in Christ. It is certain. For unbelievers, consider the thoroughness of this God you do not know. He intervenes in real places and through real people. He ensured that events were recorded so we know enough to choose to believe Him or not. And, you have the testimony of believers (perhaps like us) that He is the Messiah.