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The E.Newspaper By Dr. Howdy, Ph.D. A.P.E., N.U.T.
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Beyond the fictional creations of Santa, Rudolph, and The Grinch Who Stole Christmas, we find the historical reality of the birth of Jesus. In real time and place, his presence made such an impact that today we date our calendars "2000 A.D." The significance for you today?
Why it is that the whole world celebrates the birth of Jesus? This little baby, born to a carpenter's family in the obscure town of Bethlehem in the Middle East, has a following today far beyond the borders of the U.S. The largest Christian church in the world is in South Korea. Why is He so special?
Well, Jesus said He was God. If you look at Buddha or Mohammed or the Dalai Lama, they identified themselves as prophets or spiritual guides. In contrast, Jesus clearly and repetitively told people He was God. A pretty lofty statement.
Jesus claimed he could give people eternal life and forgiveness for their sins...abilities that clearly belong only to God.
His communication was also unique. Jesus didn't teach people ten steps to achieve holiness, or personal disciplines to reach God. If you want to know God, Jesus said "I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but by Me." He asked people to focus on Himself with statements like, "I am the light of the world. He who follows Me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life."
A lot of people are comfortable giving Jesus the status of an inspired teacher, maybe even a prophet. But what if this Jesus whose birth we celebrate is really the Messiah? What if He is God in human form whom so many of the Old Testament prophets wrote about?
The prophet Micah said the Messiah would be born in Bethlehem. David said He would be one of His own ancestors. Isaiah said He would minister in Galilee and die by torture. And on and on, well over 100 specific prophesies to help people identify the coming Messiah. Jesus fulfilled every one of them. The chance of any person fulfilling even eight of these prophecies is one in 100,000,000,000,000,000.